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Lib Dems snatch by-election victory over Conservatives

In addition to the Batley and Spen Parliamentary by-election, there were seven council by-elections this week, to fill eight vacancies.

Good to see six of those seven contests have Lib Dem candidates, an improvement of one on the last time the wards were contested.

Even better news to see this result from Dominic Rabb’s Esher and Walton constituency:

Many congratulations to Robin Stephens and the team.

I hope Robin’s feet get some rest:

Last week it was a gain from Labour. This week a gain from the Conservatives. Long may that trend continue!

Elsewhere:

Thank you to Jane Nicolov for standing.

Thank you to Ade Adetula for standing.

An impressive result for Les Bonner and the team there given how often the party has either not stood or finished a long way behind in this ward.

Lynne Foster was the Lib Dem candidate here.

And the seat without a Lib Dem candidate:

As for the Parliamentary by-election, here’s my little thought experiment:

(Click/tap on the tweet to see the full thread.)

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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