By-Election Report – 15/09/2016

Apologies as this is a little brief but I’m on my way to conference.

Congratulations are in order in a number of places tonight as it was another great night for Liberal Democrats last night.

In Tupton, North East Derbyshire David Hancock shocked Labour by going from the seat not being contested to winning with 38% of the votes while Labour dropped 30% of their vote share. This is even more surprising considering the local party had completely collapsed and was only reborn in January joining with Bolsover. Ross Shipman has done a great job to lead the local party back from the brink and help David win this stunning victory. Hopefully David and Ross will be writing us a blog post shortly about their journey.

Tupton (North East Derbyshire) result:
LDEM: 38.3% (+38.3)
LAB: 34.7% (-32.4)
CON: 17.5% (-15.4)
UKIP: 8.9% (+8.9)
BPP: 0.7% (+0.7)

There was also a gain at Town Council level where Jenny Davies topped the polls to win 1 of 2 seats on offer on Burton Latimer Town Council. According to Chris Nelson this is the 1st Council by-election win for the Lib Dems in the Kettering constituency since 1999 – great work. As a side note, the beaten Labour candidate was also Jenny’s Grandson!

Lib Dem Jenny Davies 597 E
Ind 564 E
Ind 328
Lab 289

Gains don’t mean anything though if you can’t hold your own seats (no matter what Labour say!) so it’s also very good news that Jonny Keeley successfully defended our seat Bishop’s Castle with a very healthy 61% vote share.

Bishop’s Castle (Shropshire) result:
LDEM: 60.5% (-1.5)
CON: 30.2% (-0.5)
LAB: 6.7% (+6.7)
GRN: 2.6% (-4.7)

Elsewhere while we didn’t win in Puckeridge Sara Mihajlovic made a good impression with very little time to campaign taking 3rd place with 18% of the vote from a standing start.

Puckeridge (East Hertfordshire) result:
CON: 42.9% (-24.6)
UKIP: 18.9% (+18.9)
LDEM: 18.0% (+18.0)
LAB: 11.0% (-8.9)
GRN: 9.1% (-3.5)

The other results from the night are also below with a good increase in vote share in Blakelaw taken no doubt from Labour, but not so good in Castle (Carlisle) where we only held ground (Are our expectations now where we expect to always make up ground?).

Blakelaw (Newcastle upon Tyne) result:
LAB: 43.2% (-20.0)
LDEM: 28.1% (+19.0)
UKIP: 19.1% (+3.0)
CON: 5.1% (-2.4)
GRN: 4.5% (+0.5)

Castle (Carlisle) result:
LAB: 46.5% (+9.2)
CON: 26.7% (+7.7)
UKIP: 12.5% (-10.4)
LDEM: 10.3% (-0.6)
GRN: 4.0% (-3.5)

As for the all important Lib Dem bar chart? Well this has been updated by John Grout and Brian Milnes to show we are now at 13 NET Gains.

By-election net changes graph - 16/09/2016 - The Liberal Democrats Number 1 in local council by-elections since 5th May 2016. Net Up 13, Gained 13, lost 0.

Full details of last nights By-Election results can be found on the ALDC website’s By-Election Results page and details of that is coming next on my preview page.

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.

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