This week was another full week of by-elections with 8 principal council by-elections including a Liberal Democrats defence and all but 1 having a Liberal Democrats candidate, 3 where they didn’t fight last time.

In the Liberal Democrats defence of St Germain’s (Redcar & Cleveland UA,) caused by the death of the previous Councillor, congratulations go to Deborah Dowson and team who not only held the seat but with a vote share of 38.4% an increase of 10.5 points.

In Burbage Sketchley & Stretton (Hinckley & Bosworth BC) Rob Mayne came a very close second with 37.3% an increase of 8.3 points while the Conservatives held their seat with their majority cut to just 37 votes.

In Borehamwood Kenilworth (Hertsmere BC) Elaine Elliman was standing for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they hadn’t fought in years. Elaine took an impressive 14.2% of the vote as a new member and a first time candidate. Labour gained the seat from the Conservatives while both lost vote share.

In Burnham Lent Rise & Taplow (South Buckinghamshire DC) Carol Linton took 12.8% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they didn’t fight last time while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Stoneleigh & Cubbington (Warwick DC) Richard Dickson took 11.8% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they didn’t fight last time while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Claremont (Salford CC) Stef Lorenz took 10.5% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats up 4.4 points while Labour held their seat.

In Mash Barn (Adur DC) Doris Martin took 9% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats a drop of 6.6 points. There was no defending UKIP candate with Labour taking most of their vote share, and with it the seat.

In Crewe East (Cheshire East UA) there was no Liberal Democrats candidate as Labour held their seat with ease.

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.