Former Crewe and Nantwich MP Laura Smith has won a seat on Cheshire East Council.
A by-election was called in the Crewe South ward after long serving councillor Dorothy Flude died in December.
Ms Smith – who lost the Crewe and Nantwich seat to Conservative Kieran Mullan – made national headlines earlier this year after tweeting that someone took a picture of her in the local job centre.
But she has now won a spot on the local council after beating the Conservative candidate, former councillor Martin Deakin, by 288 votes.
In a post on Facebook, Ms Smith said: “Huge thanks to everyone in Crewe South who voted for me! It is an honour to represent you and I promise I won’t let you down.
“Thank you also to everyone who supported our campaign and came and helped.
“Most of all thank you to the amazing Councillor Dorothy Flude who was such an inspirational mentor and friend to me.”
The full Crewe South results were:
- Laura Smith, Labour – 854;
- Martin Deakin, Conservative – 566;
- Richard McCarthy, Green – 69;
- Roy Cartlidge, Independent – 57;
- Brian Sylvester, Independent – 34
Cheshire East leader Sam Corcoran took to social media to welcome the by-election result. He said: “Great to welcome Laura Smith as a Cheshire East councillor.”