Liberal Democrats gain council seat from Conservatives with huge swing

A bumper set of eight council by-elections this week: four Conservative seats, three Labour ones and one former independent seat.

Abbey North, Daventry

Alan Knape stood for the Liberal Democrats, getting a good increase in the vote, taking the party up into second:

Heavitree and Whipton Barton, Devon

The Lib Dem candidate was Rowena Squires, securing a promising increase in the Liberal Democrat vote:

Bagillt West, Flintshire

No Liberal Democrat candidate this time, although there wasn’t the previous two times either.

Llandrindod North, Powys council

Jake Berriman was the Liberal Democrat candidate, a welcome change from last time where the party didn’t stand in this ward. And he did more than just stand, he won the seat too::

Newtown South, Powys council

Kelly Healy was the Lib Dem this time round, again a welcome change as last time the party didn’t contest this ward. Nor did contesting the seat result in a tiny vote share – illustrating how often not standing a candidate means many Lib Dem votes are left on the table.

Coupe Green and Gregson Lane, South Ribble

Stephanie Portersmith’s candidate for the Liberal Democrats means the party contested the seat after two previous no-shows.

Torksey, West Lindsey

Noel Mullally was the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Melksham Without South, Wiltshire

Vanessa Fiorelli stood for the Liberal Democrats and scored a very impressive result:

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.

One response to “Liberal Democrats gain council seat from Conservatives with huge swing”

  1. I note that the Tory vote is down and ours is up and Labour down. What are the figures for turn out of voters? Low turn out can give a false impression. We MUST have vote increase on large turnouts.

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