This week’s elections were a real mixed bag for the Liberal Democrats with their 1st defence of the cycle and 3 uncontested seats.

Firstly Congratulation to Cliff Morris and team for their successful defence in Hedge End Grange Park (Eastleigh BC). Following the resignation of the sitting Liberal Democrat Councillor Cliff increased the Liberal Democrats vote share by an impressive 15.5 points to take more than half of the vote at 56.5%.

Sadly that was the only seat on a principle council that was contested by the Liberal Democrats this week.

in William Morris (Waltham Forest LB) the Liberal Democrats had stood in all recent elections until this week, as a result they nominally lost 7.4% vote share while Labour held the seat increasing their vote share.

In Derby (West Lancashire BC) the Liberal Democrats didn’t stand a candidate after not having stood here since 2004. This time the Our West Lancashire Party gained from the Conservatives.

In Dawdon (Durham UA) the Liberal Democrats didn’t stand a candidate after not having stood here in 2013 or 2017. This time Labour held the seat.

In the Town & Parish council elections there was to be an election in the Conservative Newport (South Ward) (Telford & Wrekin TC) seat, this time the seat was uncontested with the Liberal Democrat candidate Thomas Janke being elected uncontested – a reminder of the importance of fighting for every seat.