This week in the rush to get the By-Elections in before the Christmas break, there are 2 Wednesday By-Elections as well as the usual batch of Thursday By-Elections. Both of these Wednesday elections have candidates for the Liberal Democrats. Could the Liberal Democrats keep their winning streak going into the Christmas break?
The pattern of the #LibDemFightback over the last year or so has been the Liberal Democrats taking a large share of the vote in seats where they didn’t stand last time (or in some cases much longer) and winning against external expectations while the UKIP vote continues to collapse. This pattern held true again in this week’s early elections.
Congratulations to Paul Follows and team in Godalming Central & Ockford (Waverley BC) who gained the seat from the seat from the Conservatives. Paul took 37.8% of the vote despite the Liberal Democrats not standing a candidate in this seat in 2015.
Godalming Central & Ockford (Waveney) result:
LDEM: 37.8% (+37.8)
CON: 35.0% (-6.5)
LAB: 21.5% (-4.6)
GRN: 5.7% (+5.7)
No 'Something New' party (-17.0) and UKIP (-15.4) as prev.
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) December 14, 2017
In Newtown & St Leonards (Exeter BC) Alexandra Newcombe was not able to extend the Liberal Democrats winning streak in Devon, having taken all 3 of the seats in Devon contested in the last 5 weeks. Alexandra took 9.4% of the vote, it’s a healthy increase in vote share (I’m not sure of Britain Elects’ 9.4 point increase as we did stand here in 2016 and were the 4th placed party out off 6 but as this is a 3 Councillor Ward calculating vote share increases in by-elections in notoriously complicated!).
Newtown & St Leonard's (Exeter) result:
LAB: 54.6% (+1.2)
CON: 26.8% (+1.5)
LDEM: 9.4% (+9.4)
GRN: 7.2% (-5.7)
UKIP: 2.1% (-3.2)
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) December 13, 2017
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.