LABOUR has comfortably held on to a Consett ward following a by-election last week.

Bill Golightly, with 419 votes, easily won the Consett South election with Independents John Manwaring and Peter Anderson polling 157 and Conservative John Lawson receiving just 32.

The election was called after the resignation of Labour councillor Dot Atherton, who left for health reasons.

Mrs Atherton has vowed to fight on in the high profile campaign to win recognition for former steelworkers suffering from throat cancer.

John Manwaring came within 31 votes of taking the seat from Labour in 1999.