This week there were 6 Principal Council By-Elections for 7 seats to report on. 5 of this weeks elections have Liberal Democrats candidates.

The 2 standout performances of the night, where only 1 seat changed hands, came in seats where the Liberal Democrats hadn’t stood last time, or for some time.

In Ashbourne South (Derbyshire Dales DC) where the Liberal Democrats hadn’t stood since at least 2003 Rebecca Goodall took 31.2% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats and came very close to unseating the Conservatives. Well Done to Rebecca and the Ashbourne team.

in East Sussex Imberhorne (Mid Sussex DC) Tim Martin took 22.3% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats to take second place having not stood in the seat last time while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Droylsden East (Tameside MB) David Mills took 3.6% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats having not stood in the seat since 2010 while the Labour held their seat.

In Batley East (Kirklees MB) Jon Bloom took 4.0% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats a drop of 1.5 points. Technically Labour held the seat although their previous candidate was sitting as an Independent before resigning.

In Kings Acre (Herefordshire UA) Lucy Hurds took 11.5% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats. This was a drop of 21.9 points, although it’s worth mentioning that the previous election was odd with neither Conservatives, Labour or the Independent who came second having stood last time.

In Loughborough Hastings (Charnwood BC) there were 2 seats up for grabs. Sadly the Liberal Democrats have a history of not standing candidates in this ward and again did not do so this time. Labour held both seats.

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.