A new county councillor will represent Beaconsfield after winning a by-election following the death of Alan Walters in September. 

Anita Cranmer, Conservative, won the won the divisional seat at yesterday's by-election with a majority of 999.

Anita Cranmer, who lives in Windsor End, Beaconsfield, stood against Mark Skoyles (Lib Dem), of Edinburgh Road, Marlow.

Mark received 299 votes while Cllr Cranmer received 1,298. 

The election follows the death of Alan Walters in September. 

He had served as a Beaconsfield Town Councillor for fourteen years and served as town mayor in 2004. He was most recently voted in to represent Beaconsfield in the Bucks County Council elections in May.

Mr Walters lived in Beaconsfield with his wife and children for 25 years

Anita and husband George have five children and 11 grandchildren. She taught at Wycombe High School for six years and for eight years was a district councillor for Hedgerley and Fulmer.

She is a town councillor and deputy mayor for Beaconsfield.

Mark Skoyles lives in Marlow with his family and has a sports therapy clinic in the town centre.

Returning Officer Gill Quinton said: "Everyone uses the County Council's services in some way every day, and I'm pleased Beaconsfield residents have exercised their democratic right to choose the person they want to represent them and to help make important decisions about millions of pounds of public services provided across Buckinghamshire."

The county council's 49 seats are made up of 41 Conservatives, four Liberal Democrat, two East Wycombe Independents, one Labour and one Independent.