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Double Liberal Democrat council by-election gain in Anna Soubry’s patch

One council by-election and two deferred contests this week – plus a full set of Liberal Democrat candidates.

Stapleford South East, Broxtowe

A contest deferred from May due to the death of Conservative councillor Chris Rice during the election campaign. It’s a double vacancy in a ward the Lib Dems won back in 2011 and, hooray, had two Liberal Democrat candidates: David Grindell and Tim Hallam.

Not only two candidates, now two councillors as the good news keeps on coming for the Liberal Democrats this week:

This ward is in Anna Soubry’s constituency, she of the continuing Change UK.

Chittlehampton, North Devon

Another deferred contest, this one caused by the death of Independent councillor Walter White. Victoria Nel stood for the Liberal Democrats in a contest which would determine whether the party has exactly half the councillors on North Devon council, or a slim majority of one.

The result? A Conservative win and so the Lib Dems stay on holding exactly half the seats:

Billinghay, Martin and North Kyme, North Kesteven

Rather unusually, this by-election was caused by not enough people being nominated first time around. So one seat in this two-member ward was up, with Garry Winterton standing for the Liberal Democrats and making him the party’s first local election candidate here for over a decade.

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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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