A pair of defences each for Labour, Conservative and Lib Dems plus one independent seat make up this week’s mini-bumper bundle of seven council by-elections. Very welcome as part of that is the appearance of a full set of seven Liberal Democrat candidates.
Kelsey and Eden Park, Bromley
Julie Ireland, who has been a key figure in the recovery of the Liberal Democrats in this area, stood for the party this time:
Aylesbury North-West, Buckinghamshire
One of the Lib Dem defences, with Martin Farrow’s resignation leading to the candidature of Anders Christensen. He was hoping to defend a seat the party took off Ukip in 2017 with just 30% of the vote in a multi-way fight. And defend it he did, with an increased majority:
Christensen had previously won a borough council by-election in the same area back in December 2014.
Delapre and Briar Hill, Northampton
Michael Maher fought this Labour seat in an area that has had some Liberal Democrat strength in the past:
Failsworth East, Oldham
Stephen Barrow was the Liberal Democrat candidate in a ward the party has finished in last every time bar the one exception of 2010:
The other of the Liberal Democrat defences with Tim Bearder hoping to succeed Kirsten Johnson, who is now the party’s PPC in North Devon.
And succeed her he did, with a whopping increase in the majority:
Stratford North, Warwickshire
The Lib Dems were represented this time by Dominic Skinner, who is also the local PPC. And what a result he secured:
Welwyn West, Welwyn Hatfield
Regular readers or guests at events I speak at will know Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats for their notoriously neat handwriting. That accolade I assume also applies to Christina Raven, fighting this ward for the Liberal Democrats – a welcome return to the party being on the ballot paper after not standing in the ward earlier this year.
Two holds, a gain and a good vote increase across the board:
A good night indeed for the Liberal Democrats.
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.