It was a quiet set of results in last night’s Principle Council By-Elections (A good job as I’m writing this on my way to the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference!) with none of the 4 seats contested changing hands. It was good to see all 4 with Liberal Democrat candidates including 2 which weren’t contested last time.

In South Heaton (Newcastle-upon-Tyne MB) Chris Boyle and team increased the Liberal Democrat vote share by 11.5 points taking it to 15.9% moving ahead of UKIP and the Conservatives in the progress as Labour held comfortably.

In Saham Toney (Breckland DC) Andrew Thorpe went straight into second place with 15.2% of the vote for the Liberal Semocrats having not contested the seat last time.

In Watton-le-Dale East (South Ribble BC) Alison Hesketh-Holt was also the first Liberal Democrat candidate in a while and took an encouraging 14.6% of the vote.

The only discouraging result of the night was in Warbeck (Blackpool UA) where the Liberal Democrats were squeezed and Michael Benfold was only able to secure 4.3% of the vote down 2.8 points.

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.