This week saw four Principle Council by-elections including a Liberal Democrat defence, a town council by-election, and City Council that is in fact more like a town council by-election (no disrespect Wells!).

First up, that defence…

Congratulations to Laura Benson and team in Newcomen (Redcar & Cleveland UA)! The Liberal Democrats held their seat, caused by the death of the former Councillor, increasing their vote share over the Labour Party by 6.3 points up to 46%.

Also in Redcar the Liberal Democrats were fighting a second seat on Redcar & Cleveland UA), the Hutton seat, held by the Conservatives. Here Graeme Kidd was able to increase the Liberal Democrat vote share by 4.4 points up to 21.8% which allowed us to take second place ahead of Labour while the Conservatives held the seat.

The biggest surprise of the night came in Kersal (Salford MB). Sadly it was the Conservatives that were able to take advantage of a split in the Labour vote to take the seat off Labour. Meanwhile Adam Slack, the first Liberal Democrat Candidate to contest this seat since 2012, took 1.9% of the vote.

In Mudeford & Friars Cliff (Christchurch council) the Conservatives held their seat. There was no Lib Dem Candidate which wasn’t a shock as this was last contested in 2007.

In the tertiary councils 2 seats changed hands.

In St Cuthbert’s (Wells City Council) Rob Ayres gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats taking 42.6% of the vote.

In Upper Horsebridge (Hailsham TC) the Liberal Democrats Candidate Grant Neal took second place missing out on taking the seat by only a handful of votes taking 35.2% of the vote while the winning Conservative candidate secured only 7 more votes!

Upper Horsebridge (Hailsham TC)
Conservatives 213 [36.4%]
LD Grant Neal 206 [35.2%]
Independent 126 [21.5%]
Campaign for Change 37 [6.3%]
Conservative gain from Independent

Full details of last nights By-Election results can be found on the ALDC’s By-Election Results page and details of that is coming next on our Forthcoming Elections page. Hat Tip to Britain Elects for their results too.

Well done to all who stood last night regardless of the result. It is really important that we stand candidates in all by-elections in order to build the habit of voting Liberal Democrat. If there is no candidate of ours on the ballot paper we are depriving someone of their ability to vote for us. If you are interested in standing as a candidate please get in touch with your Local Party or ALDC.