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Liberal Democrats gain council seat from Conservatives with huge swing

Three council by-elections this week: an independent seat, a Conservative seat and a Liberal Democrat one.

Sheringham North, North Norfolk

Liz Withington stood to defend this Liberal Democrat seat in Norman Lamb’s former constituency, successfully holding on in one of the more Leave-voting areas of Lib Dem Parliamentary strength:

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

No Liberal Democrat candidate this time, though this is an area where there are Green-Lib Dem local election and general election deals, so not a case of a local party not being able to find a candidate.

Green-Lib Dem deals in Oxfordshire have helped get Layla Moran elected and this by-election showed what’s in it for the Greens too:

Trowbridge Lambrok, Wiltshire

Jo Trigg Trowbridge Lambrok by-election leaflet

Jo Trigg stood for the Liberal Democrats in this Conservative seat. And wow, was it worth it:

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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