LABOUR has retained its seat following the St Helen’s ward by election yesterday, taking 75.8 percent of the votes.

But just 20 per cent of locals (1,662 people) turned up to vote at the eight polling stations opened for the event.

The election winner was Dave Leach with 1,257 votes - followed by Danny Cooke (British National Party) - 174; Kevin Riddiough (English Democrats) - 146; Clive Watkinson (Conservative) - 61 and Eddie Gouthwaite (Independent) - 21