THE Conservatives have remained in control of Amersham and Chesham at county and district level following a by-election yesterday.

Steven Adams was elected on to Buckinghamshire County Council to represent Amersham – gaining just 72 votes more than Lib Dem candidate Davida Allen.

He polled 46.5 per cent of the 3,949 votes cast – narrowly ahead of Mrs Allen who took 44.7 per cent.

The remaining 341 votes were split between candidates from the UK Independence Party, the Green Party and Labour.

A further eight ballot papers were spoiled. Turnout for the by-election was 30.57 per cent.

Meanwhile, Mark Shaw was elected on to Chiltern District Council after taking 51 per cent of the votes. He will represent the Newtown ward in Chesham on the council.

The Lib Dems again came second, with Susan White polling 33 per cent of the votes cast.

The remaining 79 votes cast went to representatives from Labour and the Green Party. Turnout was 27.13 per cent, with four ballot papers being spoiled.

The by-election had been called after the previous representative for Newtown and Amersham, Cllr Pauline Wilkinson, died earlier this year.