All the signs from around the country on polling day were of a tremendous turnout of volunteers for the Liberal Democrats around the country, including in Watford where I did a sting of campaigning.
I’ll be covering the Liberal Democrat local election results in detail at the weekend in the next edition of Liberal Democrat Newswire.
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In the meantime, key highlights from the results as they came in…
The record of Lib Dem leaders
One thing to look out for in the results is where they end up placing Vince Cable in the local government record of party leaders. It will only take modest Lib Dems gains for Cable to end his time as party leader as the second most successful, after Paddy Ashdown, in seeing growth in the party’s local government base:
- Paddy Ashdown: +1,390
- Charles Kennedy: +257
- Vince Cable (excluding May 2019): +78
- Tim Farron: +14
- Ming Campbell: -244
- Nick Clegg: -2,068
UPDATE: Vince Cable will be up to second plage in that table, and by quite some margin.
An intriguing early result:
A very important point for Liberal Democrats to remember:
As for the future of Change UK:
Regarding the Greens, worth noting:
And an interesting pointer for the Conservatives; their problems are much more than just the presence of Brexit rivals on the right:
The results are looking better and better for the Lib Dems:
And it is not good for Labour at all:
Many of those who have been key to running winning campaigns this time were brought into politics by and learnt their trade thanks to Paddy Ashdown.