JAN Cossins was elected to represent the Cockerton West Ward on Darlington Borough Council tonight.

The Labour candidate polled 388 votes in a by-election which was caused by the resignation of Jenny Chapman, who is now the town's MP.

Brian Jefferson (Lib Dem), secured 347 votes, David Davies (Con) 84 and Paul Thompson (BNP) 41.

Turnout was 29 per cent.