THE Liberal Democrats held onto a seat in Wolvercote following a city council by-election.

Liz Wade won 60.5 per cent of the vote for the party. The by-election was called following the death of previous Lib Dem councillor, Angie Goff, in October.

Mrs Wade has previously been a city councillor for the St Margaret's ward, also in North Oxford, but stepped down ahead of local elections in May.

She won 998 votes, with the Conservatives' candidate Jenny Jackson in a distant second. She won 404 votes, or 25.4 per cent of the vote.

Ibrahim El-Hendi was third for the Labour Party and won 162 votes. The Green Party was fourth, with its candidate Sarah Edwards winning 86 votes.

Wolvercote is a strong area for the Liberal Democrats and Mrs Wade's win was expected. Its other city councillor, Steve Goddard, represents the party. Paul Buckley, Wolvercote and Summertown's county councillor, is a Liberal Democrat.

The by-election result means nothing has changed at the city council party politically.

The Labour Party has 34 councillors, with that set to increase to 35 after Ben Lloyd Shogbesan returns following a suspension over sharing controversial Facebook posts. The Liberal Democrats have nine councillors, the Greens two and there are two independents.