Political

Conservatives gain seats in local council by-elections

Another quartet of council by-elections this week, with two Labour seats and two independent seats up. Only two Liberal Democrat candidates – but that is one up on the last time these seats were contested.

Westcourt, Gravesham

Princes Park, Liverpool

Lee Rowlands stood for the Liberal Democrats.

Upper Dales, North Yorkshire

The largest county ward in the country, coming in at over 270 square miles, this also has a good claim to be the most beautiful. (Fire at me your outrage at this dismissal of your own even more beautiful area in the comments.) Thank you to Simon Crosby for standing for the Liberal Democrats, becoming the party’s first candidate here since 2005.

Hawes, High Abbotside and Upper Swaledale, Richmondshire

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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