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Conservatives slump to lose two seats to Lib Dems in by-elections

Four Liberal Democrat candidates for the six principal authority by-elections this week. That’s an improvement on last week but also a reminder of the work we need to do to stand in more elections.

Let’s start with a Lib Dem defence:

Congratulations to Michael Shellens and the team.

Congratulations to Joseph Allen and the Liberal Democrat team for such a good vote share increase from a long way back.

And even more congratulations to….

For some context:

And more good news:

Well done Andrew Kerry-Bedell and team!

The defeated Conservative candidate lost his seat in another ward to the Liberal Democrats in 2019.

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. But this gain is worth celebrating:

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3 responses to “Conservatives slump to lose two seats to Lib Dems in by-elections”

  1. More reasons to stand in all 3 by elections, including Southend West. The Salford result another indication, after Sunderland and Sheffield that we can move up from third or fourth places.
    A good result at Southend West would be a great booster to getting these vacant Council wards filled with candidates.
    Fortune follows the brave, faint heart never won fair lady are I recommend the policies to follow.
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    • Utterly wrong-headed “theakes”. By-elections take place for legitimate reasons within the usual round of political vicissitudes. Murder of an MP does not fit into that category for obvious reasons. There are considerations which far transcend party political interests.

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