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Stonkingly good Lib Dem hold in Eastleigh, and a Town Council gain in Jeremy Hunt’s seat

The other results in yesterday’s council by-elections were:

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SimonBanks
SimonBanks

What's encouraging here is not only the wins, but that where we clearly have no chance of winning, we're now nonetheless regularly increasing our share of the vote.

Rob Nelson
Rob Nelson

Well there's always someone who has to spoil it for everyone else Richard. An unfortunate fact of life I'm afraid but yes it is really good to be without that once in a while.

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

You know what's nice? Being able to post in a Liberal thread on Facebook and not have some pre-teen trash talker defecate all over it with UKIP propoganda. I mean, I'm sure that many UKIPpers are reasoned, legitimate people, but I have progressively found that the smaller factions, who delight on posting incoherent rubbish talk seem to delight on ruining a fine discussion on Liberal values.

Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve

The fight back is clearly under weigh. Well done al l concerned.

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

Whoops... we strengthened our hold in a previous by-election, sapping votes right out of UKIP's coffers. If UKIP is pegging future success on current stories, they are in BIG trouble with their flagging OUT debacle.

Dorene MCormack
Dorene MCormack

The LIbDems made a BIG mistake in going into coalition with the Tories. They have suffered as a result. I would like to see them make a comeback. This country needs a "middle of the road" party.

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

What we need is to get Tim's voice heard. He talks a lot of sense; we just need a well deserved audience. And oh yes... as for the Europe campaign that the Libs support? We're winning by up to 20 points in the polls. Others, not so much... but we're still winning. And it burns what's left of UKIP.

Anne Margaret Winstanley
Anne Margaret Winstanley

UKIP told me they were using the by-election as an opportunity to campaign with Referendum in mind.

Jayne Phoenix
Jayne Phoenix

Just take a look at how many by elections we have won since May . It is impressive. ( Council seats I mean.

Pamela Coles
Pamela Coles

Excellent! Well done all who worked hard to achieve this result!

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

My reasoning for supporting the Liberals are two fold: they have the best range of policies I support by far, and I can count way more politicians in it that I admire than in any other party.

Rob Nelson
Rob Nelson

I agree with you there. People (myself included) don't realise how important the lib dems were in the coalition. I know not everyone agreed with that move but they did block a lot of bad legislation from the Tories!

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

I think the real surge will happen when the reality of a Conservative only Government kicks in... people are REALLY gonna miss the Lib Dems. We are the Conservative's heart and Labour's brains.

Rob Nelson
Rob Nelson

Honestly might vote for the lib dems next time.

Rob Nelson
Rob Nelson

As someone who stupidly voted Tory at the last election I am seriously considering voting lib dem next time. I like what Farron is doing and I realise how important a liberal party is at times such as these. It's all too easy for government to take away civil liberty right now and it should be opposed when they try.

Godfrey Newman
Godfrey Newman

Interestingly the main losers for votes were the UKIP candidates. Didums!

billy3116
billy3116

Is it over-optimistic to observe that while the "#libdemfightback" has along way to go, there appears to be a clear pattern of significant decline in the UKIP vote?

Richard F Gilbert
Richard F Gilbert

We haven't made much progress in the polls yet, but Farron seems to be doing well in the leadership polls. And we are attracting members whilst UKIP is haemorrhaging them. So yeah, I guess it already has begun!

Jayne Phoenix
Jayne Phoenix

It started a long time ago, but it continues.

John Bell
John Bell

Maybe just maybe we are on the right road at last !!!

Ian Harper
Ian Harper

Yes Congratulations all round to everyone who won and increase the share of the vote in Eastleigh and gaining a Town Council seat at Godalming Town Council on Jeremy Hunt's doorstep and we increased our share in the 3 remaining by-elections. Well Done Lib Dems let the fight back continue!

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