This week there were 6 Principal Council By-Elections to report on 5 of which had candidates for the Liberal Democrats in what was probably the best week’s results for them this cycle with vote share increases in every seat contested and all important gains.

In this week of success for the Liberal Democrats it’s hard to know where to start with the good news but I will start with congratulations to Martin Smith and the team in Aldwich West (Arun DC). Martin took 52.7% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats, the largest vote share increase of the night being up 34.2 points on last time, to take the seat from the Conservatives.

Congratulations to John Pugh and team in Duke’s (Sefton MB) who took the Liberal Democrats second gain of the night also taking the seat from the Conservatives. John returns to elected office with a vote share of 56% an increase of 28.4 points for the Liberal Democrats.

Congratulations to Derrick Spear and team in Braunton East (North Devon DC) who took the Liberal Democrats’ third gain of the night! Derrick gained the seat, again, from the Conservatives with 37% of the vote.
North Devon District Council (Braunton East) (LD GAIN)
Liberal Democrats (Derrick Spear) – 459 (37%)
Green – 387 (31%)
Conservatives – 225 (18%)
Labour – 165 (13%)

In Beaconsfield North (South Bucks) Paul Henry took 23.6% of the vote in a straight head to head with the Conservatives in a seat the Liberal Democrats didn’t fight last time while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire CC) Mark Skoyles took 18.7% of the vote, an increase of 1.4 points for the Liberal Democrats while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Egremont South (Copeland BC) Labour held their seat while the Liberal Democrats didn’t field a candidate.

In the Parish and Town Council elections their were good results also.

In Braunton Parish Council (Braunton East) Adam Bradford gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats with 46% of the vote.
Liberal Democrats (Adam Bradford) – 546 (46%)
Green – 496 (42%)
Labour – 147 (12%)

In Grange Park West (Hedge End TC) Dave Kinloch held the seat for the Liberal Dememocrats with 65% of the vote.
LD 65%
Con 20%
Lab 15%

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.