Three principal authority council by-elections this week, with not only a full slate of Liberal Democrat candidates but that’s two up on the last time these wards were fought. Excellent news.
This is in Conservative Cabinet minister Kwasi Kwarteng’s constituency. Thank you to John Thesige for standing for the Liberal Democrats.
Thank you to Edward Curran for being the Liberal Democrat candidate.
John Littlechild was the Lib Dem candidate – thank you.
For what all 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 as it’s only those for which comprehensive results are available. But this week, these by-elections at the town/parish/community council level did catch my eye:
Understanding the opinion polls
For understanding what is happening in politics, by-elections have the advantage of being real votes in real ballot boxes. But the opinion polls have the advantage of trying to be a representative sample of voters, not just those in the places that happen to have by-elections. To understand the polls properly – and what they do and don’t really tell us – see my book, Polling UnPacked: The History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls.
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