Northern town of Hartlepool in the United Kingdom has for the first been won by the Conservative Party since the constituency’s creation in 1974.
In the results announced Friday, British Conservative candidate, Jill Mortimer won the parliament seat with 15,529 votes to 8,589 secured by the Labour Party candidate, Paul Williams.
There were a total of 16 candidates that stood in the by-election.
Mortimer has described the victory as “truly historic”, saying she was proud to be the first Conservative Member of Parliament for 57 years. She is the first woman ever to be elected as Member of Parliament in Hartlepool.
Since the Hartlepool constituency was formed, a Labour Member of Parliament has returned defeated in every vote until Thursday’s poll.