THE Liberal Democrats have become the largest party on Wellington Town Council after a new member was elected unopposed.

Cllr Steven Mercer has become the latest addition to the local authority, after he was the only candidate to be nominated to stand for election in the Wellington North ward, after the seat was vacated by former Labour councillor Sam Booker.

Cllr Mercer’s election now means that with five councillors the Lib Dems have more members on the town council than the Labour party, who have four councillors, with the Conservative party now the joint-third biggest party with only three councillors.

Gideon Amos, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Taunton and Wellington, said: “Steve is hardworking and experienced and has been out and about, listening to residents in Wellington North, almost daily. 

"I’m delighted to congratulate him on becoming the newest town councillor. 

"All of Wellington’s councillors are basically volunteers, working together across parties for the good of the town. 

"The fact that, among them, the Liberal Democrats are now the largest group is testament to the growth of Wellington Lib Dems and the great work of our councillors Mark Lithgow, Keith Wheatley, Chris Booth, Ross Henley and, until recently, Nancy Powell-Brace - thanks for all the work they do!”

Cllr Mercer replaces former Cllr Sam Booker, who lost his position after failing to attend a meeting for more than six months. Cllr Mercer will join the council at the time of its next meeting on March 4.