Political

Conservative and Labour votes down, Lib Dem vote up in both by-elections this week

Only two by-elections this week, but one is a Parliamentary one: Newport West in Wales. The other is a Conservative defence on Norfolk County Council.

Wroxham, Norfolk

Stephen Heard stood for the Lib Dems, having finished second for the party last time in this ward – and second also the time before, though that time as an independent.

Newport West Parliamentary by-election

Ryan Jones stood for the Liberal Democrats in a contest that also saw an outing for one of those new pro-Europe-but-not-quite-able-to-like-the-Lib-Dems-parties, Renew, as well as the for the SDP, which is strongly Eurosceptic in its current form, unlike the party’s founders in the 1980s.

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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