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Lib Dem legend Tony Rogers gains seat from Labour in Chesterfield

Three council by-elections this week: two Conservative defences and one Labour. But before the polls even opened in them, the Liberal Democrats had already picked up two extra councillors.

Soham North and Isleham, Cambridgeshire

Victoria Charlesworth was the Liberal Democrat candidate and secured a big swing:

Moor, Chesterfield

Tony Rogers and Paddy Ashdown

A younger Tony Rogers and a younger Paddy Ashdown campaigning in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield and Lib Dem political legend Tony Rogers was the Liberal Democrat candidate. He fought Chesterfield three times as a Parliamentary candidate, with his agent Paul Holmes then going on to win the seat in 2001. A councillor in this ward until 2011, this week saw Tony Rogers attempt to win it back, up against a Labour candidate who stood the last time there was a council by-election in Chesterfield – that time losing a Labour seat to the Lib Dems.

The result? A victorious return for Tony Rogers and the second by-election defeat in a row for the Labour candidate:

Thirsk, Hambleton

No Liberal Democrat candidate, alas:

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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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