I’ll start this 1st by-election report by wishing all readers a very Happy New Year. It seems that the Lib Dems will be very happy with last night’s results. Having ended 2016 with the best set of annual by-election results in decades, 2017 has started in an impressive vain in the 1st 2 principle council by-elections of the year.

There were high hopes in Three Rivers (more later) but anyone looking at the last result in Sandhill (Sunderland MB) would have been forgiven so not expecting the result seen last night. Congratulations to Stephen O’Brien and team on what I expect to one of the stand out results of the run in to May. From last place and less than 5% of the vote last time out the Lib Dems took 45% of the vote share up a massive 41.5 points while defending Labour dropped almost 30% in an amazing swing. There are, as always, local issues at play with the sitting councillor being disqualified however this is a Labour heartland and a strong Leave area so is still an amazing effort.

As mentioned earlier the other by-election was for a seat on Three Rivers DC. Not only was this a tight marginal that the Conservatives narrowly took off the Lib Dems in May 2015 it also was for the balance of the Council and a Lib Dem win would return the Council to Lib Dem control so hopes were high. So congratulation go to Alex Michaels and team who took the Gade Valley (Three Rivers DC) seat with an impressive 60.9% of the vote up 24 points.

These 2 new gains are the Lib Dems 26th and 27th Gains of the year leaving them up 26 seats since May 2016.
By-election net changes graph - 12/01/2017 - The Liberal Democrats Number 1 in local council by-elections since 6th May 2016. Net Up 26 Gained 27, lost 1.

In Town and Parish Council elections there were continued good results this week.
The East Ward of Alsager Town Council was held by Carrie Pletscher for the Lib Dems with a massive 69.9% pc the vote.
LD Carrie Pletscher 575 [69.9%]
Labour 248 [30.1]
Majority 327
Turnout 22%
Lib Dem Hold

In Market Deeping Town Council Callum Robertson came 3rd with % of the vote.
MORAN, Virginia Elizabeth (Ind) 341 [48.2%]
FOX, Simon (Ind) 239 [33.8%]
ROBERTSON, Callum Andrew (LD) 127 [18.0%]
Ind Gain from Ind.

Finally a mention for last week’s Parish Council election for the Ilkley South seat on Ilkley Parish Council where Mark Stidworthy to 71.5% of the vote to take the seat from the Greens.
LD Mark Stidworthy 429 [71.5%]
Labour 171 [28.5%]
Majority 258
Lib Dem Gain from Greens
Turnout 27.67%

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 ourForthcoming 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.