A bumper set of eleven council by-elections or deferred contests from May this week. A little disappointing to see that it is only eight Lib Dem candidates across those eleven – but that is up four on the last time these seats were all fought.
Alcombe, West Somerset Council
No Lib Dem candidate in 2011 or 2015, but now a Lib Dem councillor.
Congratulations to Nicole Hawkins and the team on the third Lib Dem gain in West Somerset in less than a year and a half.
Whittlewood, South Northamptonshire Council
And another wow:
No Lib Dem candidate in the five previous contests stretching back to 1999 and the ward’s creation. Now Abigail Medina is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the ward.
Oxhey, Watford Council
Good solid Lib Dem hold in the by-election caused by Peter Taylor stepping down after being elected Mayor of Watford:
Congratulations to Imran Hamid and the team.
Lee Chapel North, Basildon Council
A Labour hold:
Pitsea South East, Basildon Council
A Labour gain which Lib Dems can smile at.. . as it’s from Ukip:
Willesden Green, Brent
Three Labour holds:
Quorn & Mountsorrel Castle, Charnwood Council
Bicester West, Cherwell Council
The Conservatives lose a seat to an independent:
Birch, Fenland Council
A Conservative hold:
Astwell, South Northamptonshire
A conformtable Conserrvative hold:
More results as they come…
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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