HOLYWELL MEAD swimming pool campaigner Steve Guy won the Totteridge be-election last night with more than half of all votes cast, according to the Liberal Democrats.

Mr Guy, who helped to collect more than 2,500 petition signatures opposing the closure of the pool by The Rye, took 733 votes and put the win down to the “anger” directed at the Conservatives for closure of the pool with out public consultation.

The result sees the party leap frog both Labour and the Conservatives after it finished third in 2007.

He said: “Local residents have made their feelings clear with this outstanding result. It is time for Wycombe District Council to start listening to the residents of Wycombe.

“The residents of Totteridge have voted clearly to save the open air swimming pool and Wycombe Conservatives need to heed this message or face losing further seats to the Liberal Democrats.”

Mr Guy also paid tribute to Glyn Galbraith, Labour's sitting representative who's death in February led to the by-election.

The Conservaties' Tim Hewish came second with 408 votes, followed by Ian Bates from the Labour party with 214. There were 3 spoilt papers and a turnout of 31%.