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Liberal Democrats win by-election… in Herefordshire with huge 31% swing

Three contests but no actual council by-elections this week: the Peterborough Parliamentary by-election and two council contests delayed from the usual May election date.

Peterborough Parliamentary by-election

Beki Sellick was the Liberal Democrat candidate and scored a trebling of the Lib Dem vote as Labour just held on:

For a long time the Lib Dems have tended to do badly when starting as far back in a Parliamentary by-election as in this one. That vote increase for Beki Sellick, however, shows a very different picture – and contrasts with that of the Greens and Renew (one of the myriad of new pro-European parties formed in the last few years), both of who lost their deposit.

Ross North, Herefordshire

Chris Batrum - Liberal Democrat. Image from Hereford Liberal Democrats

Strictly speaking, not a by-election but a delayed contest due to the earlier death of the Ukip candidate, Gareth Williams. Chris Bartrum stood for the Liberal Democrats and is now the councillor – congratulations! He ran up a huge 31% swing from the Conservatives:

Wombourne South West, South Staffordshire

Again, a delayed contest, in this case due to the death of Conservative Mary Bond. Pete Stones stood for the Liberal Democrats.

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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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