An independent candidate – Adam Peter Riley – has topped the poll in the Vale of Glamorgan Council by-election in the Rhoose ward – beating the former Vale Council Conservative Leader Gordon Kemp by 78 votes .
Mr Riley had played a leading role in the fight to retain a public library in Rhoose.
The Labour Party candidate Graham Loveluck-Edwards came third with only 401 votes and narrowly beat a second independent candidate Rachel Banner who was fourth.
The by-election was brought about by the death of Cllr Philip Clarke who had represented Rhoose ward as an Independent member since 2012.Cllr Clarke died when his BMW motorbike collided with a Scania van on the B4270 in Llandow on March 31st.
The full votes were as follows:-
Observers say that support for independent candidates is on the increase against a background of internicine warfare in the main political parties .