This week was another #SuperThursday with a bumper 12 principal council by-elections with 10 Liberal Democrats candidates including a defence in Scotland and many seats where they haven’t stood a candidate in decades.

Firstly that defence…

In Tain & Easter Ross (Highland UA) William Sinclair was defending for the Liberal Democrats. Sadly he only took 14.5% of the first preferences, down 8.8 points and was unable to make up ground in subsequent rounds so lost the seat Independent candidate.

There were however a lot of reasons to be cheerful I the seats where we hadn’t stood last time, or in some cases a very long time!

In Halton with Aughton (Lancaster BC) Catherine Pilling was the first Liberal Democrats candidate in this seat since 1991 and whilst she finished last still took a sizeable 19.3% of the vote in a very close contest while Labour gained the seat from Independent.

In Kingstone (Barnsley MB) John Ellis-Mourant was standing for the Liberal Democrats, the first candidate in at least 13 years in this ward. John took an impressive 19.2% vote share to take 2nd place for the Liberal Democrats while Labour held their seat.

In Hundon (St Edmunsbury BC) Alexandra Ralph was the first Liberal Democrats candidate since before I was born (in 1979) and there have only been 3 elections since then with the Conservatives winning those, or being elected unopposed. Alex took 19.2% of the vote while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Chedburgh (St Edmunsbury BC) Ian Chapman was the first Liberal Democrats candidate in at least 20 years, and this is the first time the Conservatives have been opposed since they won a head to head with Labour in 1999. Ian took 11.5% of the vote while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Stretton (East Staffordshire) Rhys Buchan took 2.2% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they haven’t fought since a by-election in 2008. The Conservatives held their seat.

In Toddbrook (Harlow DC) Lesley Rideout took 1.4% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in a seat they last fought in 2012 while Labour held their seat.

In the remaining by-election results…
In Eastfield (Northampton BC) Martin Sawyer took 20% of the vote for the Liberal Democrats, up 16.7 points, while Labour held their seat.

In Nene Valley (Northampton BC) Brian Hoare took 19.2% of the vote share for the Liberal Democrats, up 9.3 points while the Conservatives held their seat.

In Trimdon & Thornley (Durham UA) Alan Bell took 3rd place with 6.7% of the vote, a decrease of 3.7 points, but still moved ahead of the Conservatives while Labour held their seat.

There were 2 elections without Liberal Democrats candidates.

In Washburn (Harrogate BC) there was no Liberal Democrat candidate as with 2016. The Conservatives held their seat.

In Thetford Priory (Breckland DC) there was no Liberal Democrats candidate as previously. Labour gained the seat from a Conservatives.

Not forgetting to celebrate our Town and Parish successes there was 1 result to report on.

In Stroud Steve Dechan gained the Trinity Ward seat on Stroud Town Council gaining 57.5% of the vote to take the seat from Labour. This was the first Liberal Democrats win in the Stroud constituency since 2007 and the first win in the ward in 20 years.

Lib Dem: 57.5% (+57.5%)
Labour 42.5% (+0.5%)
No Green candidate this election

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.