The Liberal Democrats have taken an early Easter break in by-elections this week with there being no candidate in either of the two principle council by-elections taking place on the 13th April 2017. This comes in the week where the importance of standing a candidate was shown when Labour won a Town Council seat uncontested after the UKIP candidate had their nomination papers rejected for a mix up with their party description.

In Coulby Newham (Middlesborough) the Conservatives Gained the seat from Labour, apparently the first Conservative ever elected in Coulby Newham. In both 2015 and a 2016 by-elections the Liberal Democrats stood but were a distant last before not standing this time.

In Piddle Valley (West Dorest) the Conservatives were defending and held while Labour didn’t stand a candidate. In 2015 Labour were a distant last while the Liberal Democrats didn’t stand a candidate either then or now.

By-election net changes graph - 13/04/2017 - The Liberal Democrats Number 1 in local council by-elections since 6th May 2016. Net Up 33 Gained 36, lost 3.

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.