What a great start to the year: one by-election, one Liberal Democrat gain.
The victory came from third place with a 20% swing in Nottinghamshire:
Many congratulations to new councillor Andrew Dunkin and the team.
Especially as this is very much not Blue Wall territory. It’s in Gedling constituency which Labour held from 1997 until losing it to the Conservatives in 2019. But the ward is in an area where the Lib Dems used to have some local government success until the Coalition years (and Andrew was a councillor in the area under different boundaries, winning pre-Coalition).
So this is just the sort of area the party needs to start winning in again to have a breadth of recovery to compliment the emphasis on the Blue Wall for the next general election.
For what this means for the running total of council by-election results since the last May elections, see my council by-elections scorecard here.
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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