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Lib Dem wins final by-election of the week… after previously missing out by 11, 13 votes

Seven by-elections across six wards, with three Liberal Democrat seats up for defence, this week.

First in, a successful Liberal Democrat defence of the party’s one seat on East Staffordshire:

Congratulations to Helen Hall and the team.

Then a pair of successful Labour defences:

A very rare Green gain but a pretty common Ukip defeat:

That Lib Dem candidate was the first in the ward since it was created in 2003.

But then a double set of Lib Dem defeats when the party was defending both seats up for election in the same ward:

Finally, a Conservative loss:

The final result, from Wokingham, was much longer coming as its polling day was Friday, not Thursday. It was worth waiting for:

Congratulations to Imogen Shepherd-Dubey and her team. Imogen has twice previously just missed out on being elected in this ward, once by 13 votes and once by 11 votes. Her victory means a Liberal Democrat win in the ward for the first time since it was first contested in 2004.

These by-election results round-ups cover principal authority by-elections. See my post The danger in celebrating parish and town council wins for your own party for the reasons to avoid straying too often into covering town, parish or community council by-elections.

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