Six local council by-elections, including each of Scotland, Wales and England, this week.
An SNP seat with Gregory McAbery standing for the Liberal Democrats in a ward elected by STV last time as this is Scotland and where the SNP topped the poll in first preferences.
Will Ogborne stood for the Liberal Democrats in the contest for a Labour seat, albeit one in a multi-member ward where the Conservatives topped the poll in the election that saw Labour win only one of the seats in the ward.
Alexander Jeffery ran for the Liberal Democrats for a seat the party won last time but then lost when the elected councillor defected* to the Greens. Her later resignation caused this by-election.
Keith and Cullen, Moray
Ian Aitchison was the Liberal Democrat candidate, a welcome change for the no-shows for the party the previous two times this ward was up for election. Although the seat up was an Independent, the SNP topped the first preferences in last time’s STV election.
Birch Green, West Lancashire
No Lib Dem this time, making it eleven absences in a row stretching back to and including the ward’s first election in 2002.
Bourne, West Sussex
A Conservative seat, contested for the Liberal Democrats by Andrew Kerry-Bedell.
* Yes, Rule 2(a) applies.
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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