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Liberal Democrats gain seat from Conservatives in Knaresborough

A polling station sign

After the two recent by-elections losses to the Conservatives, it is back to winning ways this week with David Goode and the team:

Congratulations on winning a ward previously won by the party in 2005, 2009 and 2013. For more on that historical context, see Jonathan Calder’s post.

Elsewhere it was a Lib Dem candidate this time where there had not been one before:

Well done to Andy Minty and the team on ending a run of five contests in this ward without a Liberal Democrat.

But also a Lib Dem no-show:

Although the ward was first contested as long ago as 1983, it has never had a Liberal Democrat / Alliance candidate.

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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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