After a week off with no by-elections last week there were 7 prinicipal council by-elections across England and Scotland yesterday. The Liberal Democrats fielded candidates in 5 of the 7, 2 of which in seats where Liberal Democrats didn’t stand last time, and 1 was a defence.

As I’ve said many times before, gaining seats has the feel good quality but successful defences are equally important to maintain momentum. This is especially true in council areas where the Liberal Democrats hold the council by a slim majority.

With that in mind it’s great to congratulate Phil Williams on holding the Chorleywood South & Maple Cross (Three Rivers DC) seat which enable the Liberal Democrats to hold control of the Three Rivers District Council. Not only was Phil and team able to hold the seat but they increased the Liberal Democrats’ vote share to 63.7% up 4.6 points.

In Didcot South (South Oxfordshire DC) Veronica Williams took the Liberal Democrats vote share to 20.1% up 3.8 points while Labour held their seat.

In Didcot West (South Oxfordshire DC) Ian Smith took the Liberal Democrats vote share up to 17.3% up 1.3 points while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Ayresome (Middlesbrough UA) Rhid Nugent took 2.2% of the votes hare for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they did not contest in 2015 while Labour held the seat.

In Park End & Breckfield (Middlesbrough UA) Wen Bowman. took 1.1% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they did not contest in 2015 while the seat was won by an Independent following the death of the previous Independent occupant.

In Elgin City North (Moray UA) the Liberal Democrats didn’t field a candidate, as at the 2017 election. Meanwhile following the Independant Councillor standing down after only 5 days in office the Conservatives gained the seat.

In Coleshill South (North Warwickshire BC) the Liberal Democrats failed to stand a candidate which isn’t a surprise as one hasn’t stood in recent history. Meanwhile the Conservatives held their seat.

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.