A FORMER Croydon councillor has won the seat on Lambeth Council which was held by new Croydon North MP Steve Reed.
Mr Reed resigned from the council after winning the Parliamentary by-election caused by the death of Malcolm Wicks. Last week, Martin Tiedemann held on to the Brixton Hill seat, increasing the Labour majority of around 500 won by Mr Reed at the last elections in 2010, to 1,250.
Mr Tiedemann, 36, works full-time for the Co-operative movement, and was a Croydon councillor between 1998 and 2006, when he stood down.
He represented the old Whitehorse Manor ward and, after boundary changes, moved to West Thornton in 2002.
He said: "I have very mixed feelings about the victory. I am pleased to have won the seat and increase the majority, but sad that the opportunity only became available because of Malcolm's death."