Forest of Dean by-elections return the same parties
VOTERS returned the same parties to two seats in by-elections.
Clayton Williams is the new Conservative councillor for Redmarley, and Tanya Palmer the new Labour member for Coleford East.
The by-elections were held on Thursday after the deaths of Tory Peter Ede and Labour councillor Frank Baynham earlier this year.
Following the count, Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper said: "Congratulations to Clayton Williams on his strong win.
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"Peter was a great local councillor who worked tirelessly for the community he served, and will be sincerely missed by us all.
"Clayton has big shoes to fill, but I have every confidence that he will do so."
Mr Williams polled an overall majority against two candidates, and Ms Palmer's 289 votes saw off four other candidates.