TORY Chris Middleton held the Sitwell ward seat for his party in a by-election held following the death of veteran councillor Michael Clarke.
The Rotherham solicitor secured 1,213 votes to beat Labour’s Judith Dalton by more than 500 votes, with the Lib-Dems last on just 98.
Full result: Christopher Middleton (Con) 1,213; Judith Oliver Dalton (Lab) 864; David Ridgway (Ind) 252; John Wilkinson (UKIP) 241; Abdul Razaq (Lib-Dem) 98.
The turnout was 28.22 per cent.
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