Although most political attention at the moment is on the Richmond Park Parliamentary by-election, council by-elections roll on as normal. This Thursday brings 10 of these in principal local authorities.
We start off with a Labour hold and a very low Lib Dem vote share but – crucially – also a Lib Dem candidate where there was none last time, nor the time before that, nor the time before that (and due to boundary changes there were no earlier times). That’s important.
Likewise, a distant Lib Dem finish in a pair of Labour and Conserative holds, but putting up a candidate and moving back up in the finishing order is also part of the less glamorous yet no less important part of the Liberal Democrat revivial:
Even more promisingly:
But up in Scotland, where defending seats won under STV in an AV by-election is always a challenge:
Elsewhere, another Labour loss, continuing the poor run of results for Jeremy Corbyn’s party:
In other results:
Alas, no Lib Dem candidate: