UKIP has gained its first borough council seat in Surrey after Chris Browne won a by-election in Runnymede yesterday.
Cllr Browne overcame a 24% deficit to beat the Tory candidate by just 18 votes. Runnymede Borough Council has 35 Tories, 5 Runnymede Independent Residents councillors and now 1 UKIP councillor.
Chairman of Chertsey Town Conservative Association, Cllr Paul Tuley, said they were disappointed and dismissed the result as a one off.
Runnymede is where Magna Carta was signed and winning a seat on Runnymede Borough Council is pretty symbolic.