An unusual election result and two promising non-wins

Unusual news from Yorkshire:

Meanwhile, in Brent, north London, comes another example of what Jonathan Calder meant when he talked about how the Liberal Democrats need more good third places. Or, as in the previous time I mentioned this, second place in fact:

With the same picture again in East Herts too:

Moving up clearly ahead of rivals for the Liberal Democrats previous role as the third party in British politics is an important step in the party’s recovery, and results such as these show that is very do-able. One step on the road, but a step very much in the right direction.

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