In Part 2 of this week’s By-Election report there are a further 8 Principal Council By-Elections with the Liberal Democrats standing in 7, 2 of which are Liberal Democrats defences. As Thursday marks the last set of elections this year it is the Liberal Democrats last chance to end the year on a high.

Firstly the 2 Liberal Democrats defences…

Congratulations to Swithin Long and team in Watcombe (Torbay UA). Beforehand this looked like a fairly safe hold, however you never know until the polls close. In fact the team in Torbay stormed it to increase vote share for the Liberal Democrats by 14.4 points up to 57.5%.

Congratulations also to Siobhan Elam and team in Handside (Welwyn & Hatfield BC). This was looking to be the harder of the 2 Liberal Democrats defence this week as the previous election saw the Liberal Democrats only taking the 3rd of the ward’s 3 seats by a 5 vote majority. Instead the team romped home with 52.4% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats, an increase of 16.7 points.

InRockingham (Barnsley MB) Paul Nugent took 14.1% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they have not stood in since 2008. Meanwhile Labour easily held the seat.

In Langworthy (Salford MB) Jake Overend took 12.1% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they have not stood in since 2012. Meanwhile Labour held the seat.

In Westward Ho! (Torridge DC) Christopher Potts took 9.2% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they have not stood in since 2007. Meanwhile the Independent candidate took the seat from the Conservatives.

In Bradwell (Newcastle-under-Lyme BC) Richard Virr took 3.2% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats a decrease of 0.1 points.

In Shevington with Lower Ground (Wigan MB) Joshua Hindle took 0.8% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they have not stood in since 2010. Meanwhile Labour held the seat.

In Newchapel (Newcastle-under-Lyme BC) there was no candidate for the Liberal Democrats while the Conservatives gained the seat from Labour.

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.