London: After emerging as the single
largest party in the May 6 general election, the Conservative
added to its tally by winning the delayed Thirsk and Malton
by election in north Yorkshire.
The Conservative candidate Anne McIntosh emerged
victorious with Liberal Democrat candidate Howard Keal was
second and Labour`s Jonathan Roberts third.
The Conservatives now hold 307 seats in the House of
Commons, with the Liberal Democrats on 57 and Labour on 258.
The vote was delayed following the death last month of
John Boakes, candidate of the UK Independece Party.
McIntosh won the seat with 20,167 votes.
Keal polled 8,886 votes while Roberts secured 5,169.
After winning, McIntosh said it was a "very exciting
time" to be in politics and said the new coalition Government
represented "a new age of politics".