Five council by-elections, one an unusual Wednesday contest, make up this week’s batch of contests – but disappointingly not a full slate of Liberal Democrat candidates.
Sutton Junction & Harlow Wood, Ashfield
The unusual Wednesday contest, in a council with very unusual politics:
The Ashfield Independents are predominantly ex-Liberal Democrats.
Martin Howes stood for the Liberal Democrats – and thank you for flying the flag for the party Martin.
Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway
No Liberal Democrat candidate this time, even though the party contested this ward last time out.
West Green, Haringey
Haringey was the scene of striking Lib Dem gains from Labour in the May local elections and this by-election was caused by a Labour councillor being convicted of possession of drugs and having seemingly kept secret his impending conviction during his council selection process.
Elizabeth Payne stood for the Liberal Democrats and scored a big swing:
Christopher Millington stood for the Lib Dems, which was particularly welcome as there had been no Lib Dem in four of the previous five contests in this ward:
Brambles and Thorntree, Middlesbrough
Paul Hamilton stood for the Lib Dems, an improvement on last time when the party had no candidate:
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.