Three council by-elections this week, though alas only two Liberal Democrat candidates: a reminder of how much more we still have to do to rebuild the party’s local government base. But in the two wards where there were Lib Dem candidates it was a great pair of results: a big swing from Labour in holding a seat in Cambridge and a gain off the Conservatives in Worcester. No wonder Lib Dem general election plans are looking at an increasing number of winnable seats.
A Lib Dem defence, triggered by happier circumstances than most by-elections: Lucy Nethsingha’s election to the European Parliament. Josh Matthews stood to replace her… and succeeded with some style:
Irthlingborough Waterloo, East Northamptonshire
No Lib Dem candidate, continuing the pattern of the previous three contests stretching back 12 years to the ward’s creation.
A Conservative seat with Mel Allcott standing for the Liberal Democrats in a ward the party last won in 2011. It’s now got a Lib Dem councillor again:
This gain is particularly welcome as it gives the Liberal Democrats our first councillor on Worcester Council after a four year stretch without any. All the more so as Mel Allcott had twice already came so close to winning in this ward – missing out by just 62 and 95 votes in the last two contests.
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.