THE UK Independence Party has secured its first seat on Bingley Town Council in a by-election.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have won a two-way battle for a vacant seat on Ilkley Parish Council.

In Bingley, UKIP candidate Sara Hardman, who is also the is also the party’s Bradford and district branch and membership secretary, beat the Conservatives, Labour, Greens and an independent to take the vacant Crossflatts and Micklethwaite seat.

She said: “Thank you to everyone who supported me, believed in me and most importantly, came out on a cold January day and voted for me.”

Ms Hardman secured 35 per cent of the vote, with 164 votes, followed by Steve Williams of the Conservatives with 132 votes and Labour’s Lorna Armitage with 94 votes.

Turnout was 24 per cent.

In Ilkley, Mark Stidworthy of the Liberal Democrats was elected to the Ilkley South seat on Ilkley Parish Council, securing more than two-thirds of the votes.

He had only faced one opponent: Hamish Yewdall of the Labour Party. Turnout was 26 per cent, with Mr Stidworthy securing 429 votes and Mr Yewdall 171.