Labour Councillor and Unison member, Lousie Couling, stood down after the May 2010 election as she was found to have stood illegally in the Goresbrook ward. Couling was a council worker and as such was not eligible to stand as a candidate.
Louise Couling resigned her council position to stand in today’s by-election.
She should have been prosecuted and disqualified from taking part.
Here are the results.
1st Couling, Louise - The Labour Party Candidate. Votes cast = 881. Elected
2nd Barnbrook, Richard - British National Party. Votes cast = 642
3rd Taiwo, Felicia - Liberal Democrat Focus Team. Votes cast = 136
4th Ayer, Paul - Conservative Party. Votes cast = 108
5th Northover, Warren - Independent. Votes cast = 63
6th Manning, Nobby - UK Independence Party. Votes cast = 50
7th Choudhury, Faruk Ahmed - Independent. Votes cast = 11
Number of electors eligible to vote: 7,482
1 ballot paper was rejected
Compared with the May election results Richard Barnbrook's percentage was UP.