Last night the Liberal Democrats welcomed in our new leader Vince Cable, sadly his first set of election news is not the great welcome we would have hoped for.

This week there was a bumper crop of principal council by-elections with nine seats being contested by 8 Liberal Democrat candidates. These included two Liberal Democrat defences, although one of these is the only contest without a Liberal Democrats candidate.

In Whissendine (Rutland UA) Johannah Randall was unable to hold the seat for the Liberal Democrats. Disappointingly the Liberal Democrats lost 56.9 points to a vote share of only 8.2% as the local Independant Ian Arnold gained the seat.

In Alston Moor (Eden DC) there was no Liberal Democrat candidate to defend the seat with Labour taking the seat. Whilst Labour winning seems unexpected having not stood in this seat since 2011 and have traditionally finished last when they have stood, Labour did have a good result in May taking the corresponding County Council division. On the Liberal Democrats side the unusual election was actually in August 2016 when they stood for the 1st time in recent history with a strong candidate who won. Sadly they had to stand down as they were leaving the area and so the party returned to their previous norm of not standing a candidate.

In Chiddingley & East Hoathly (Wealden DC) Paul Holbrook achieved a vote share of 18.3% for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they hadn’t stood in since 2011 while the Conservatives held their seat.

In St Michael’s (Knowsley MB) Dean Boyle took 7% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats having not stood a candidate last time this seat was contested in 2016 while Labour held their seat.

In Billingham North (Stockton-On-Tees) David Minchella took 5.3% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they hadn’t stood in since 2011 while Labour held their seat.

In Kenton (Rutland UA) Kenneth Siddle took 31.2% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats, an increase of 4.2%, while the Conservative held their seat in a direct head to head.

In St Helier (Merton LB) Geoff Cooper achieved a small increase in vote share, up 1.9 points up to 4.8% for the Liberal Democrats while Labour held their seat.

In Leek East (Staffordshire Moorlands DC) Roy Gregg achieved a small increase in vote share, up 0.7 points up to 6.6% for the Liberal Democrats while Labour gained the seat from the Conservatives.

In New Romney (Shepway DC) Val Loseby took a 4.8% vote share for the Liberal Democrats, a decrease of 3.7 points while the Conservatives held their seat.

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.