Conservative Jim Clark retained the Harrogate Harlow seat in the North Yorkshire County Council elections.
Coun Clark fought off tough competition from the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Labour, but in the end won more than 50 percent of the vote.
Serving as chairman of the Scrutiny of Health Committee Coun Clark spoke of the major challenges facing the county, including an iminent decision on the future of maternity and children’s services at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
He also said he was proud of having conducted a clean election campaign.
Full results from the Harrogate Harlow ward are:
Elected: Jim Clark (CON) 1300 votes, 52 per cent
Les Parkes (LD) 606 votes, 24 per cent
Salvina Caterina Maria Bashforth (UKIP) 413 votes, 16 per cent
Kevin McNerney (LAB) 200 votes, 8 per cent
Turnout: 38 per cent