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Two gains and Three holds by Liberal Democrats in by-elections this week

February 20, 2016 12:19 PM

Ballot BoxThere were two holds, one gain and one loss for Liberal Democrats in yesterday's round of principal council by-elections. In Cambridgeshire (CC), the party made a gain from the Conservatives in Sutton division on the back of an impressive 18.5% swing from the Tories. Lorna Dupré polled 52.5%, a vote share increase of 19.7% from 2013, to take victory with a 412 vote majority.

Liberal Democrat candidates were also successful in contests in Flintshire (UA) and Lichfield (DC), as candidates Sara Parker and Paul Ray held seats for the party with 45.2% and 40% of the vote respectively.

There was less good news for the party in Chiltern (DC), as the Conservatives made a gain from us in Amersham Town ward. The Tories polled 50.2%, with Lib Dem candidate Richard Williams falling 135 votes short in second place.

Elsewhere, the Conservatives held a seat in Newmarket and Red Lodge division in Suffolk (CC), with Lib Dem Tim Huggan polling 4.8% in fourth place. The Tories also held seats in Toton & Chilwell Meadows and Greasley wards, whilst Roy Heal and Keith Longden polled 20.7% and 11.8% respectively for the Liberal Democrats. Also, Labour comfortably held one of their seats in Higher Blackley ward in Manchester (MB) with 65.3%. Lib Dem Peter Mathews polled 4.8% in fourth place, a vote share increase of 2.2% from last May.

No Liberal Democrat candidate was fielded in the contest in Oban, North & Lorn in Argyll & Bute (UA), as the SNP made a gain from an Independent, polling 42.3% of the first preference votes.

In addition to the principal council by-elections, there were two wins for Liberal Democrats in Town Council contests. Gordon Yearwood won a seat in West ward on Berkhamstead Town Council as the local Lib Dems made a gain from the Conservatives with 47.6% of the vote. Alongside the party's win in the disctrict council by-election, the Liberal Democrats in Lichfield were also victorious in Chadsmead ward on the Town's Parish Council, holding the seat with 44.7% of the vote.

Next week sees four principal council by-elections taking place. Hazel Wright will be the Lib Dem candidate as the party will hope to make a gain from the Conservatives in in Studley with Samborune ward in Stratford-on-Avon (DC). However, the party will not be fielding candidates in Richmondshire (DC)or two by-elections in Dudley (MB). However, Liberal Democrats will be presented in Town and Parish elections in Street, Ross-on-Wye and Porthcawl.

For a detailed list of this week's results please click here. If you would like more information on all the forthcoming by-elections and details on who to contact for help, click here.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

Cambridgeshire CC, Sutton- 18th February 2016

LD Lorna Dupré 1,063 [52.5%; +19.7%]
Conservative 651 [32.2%; -17.2%]
UKIP 208 [10.3%; +10.3%]
Independent 102 [5%; +5%]
[Labour [0.0%; -17.8%]]
Majority: 412
Turnout: 31.6%
LD gain from Conservative
Percentage change since 2013

Berkhamsted TC, West- 18th February 2016

Feb 20, 2016 07:50 am

LD Gordon Yearwood 507 [47.6%]
Conservative 403 [37.8%]
Green 92 [8.6%]
Labour 64 [6%]
Majority: 104
LD gain from Conservative

Flintshire UA, New Brighton- 18th February 2016

LD Sara Parker 385 [47.4%; -5.1%]
Labour 221 [27.2%; -5.1%]
Conservative 141 [17.4%; -4.8%]
Independent 65 [8%; +8%]
Majority: 124
LD Hold
Percentage change since 2012

Lichfield DC, Chadsmead- 18th February 2016

LD Paul Ray 300 [40%; +14.9%]
Labour 195 [26%; +1.6%]
Conservative 159 [21.2%; -12.2%]
UKIP 73 [9.7%; -7.3%]
Green 23 [3.1%; +3.1%]
Majority: 105
Turnout: 21.7%
LD Hold
Percentage change since 2015

Lichfield PC, Chadsmead- 18th February 2016

LD 319 [44.7%]
Labour 182 [25.5%]
Conservative 173 [24.2%]
Green 37 [5.2%]
Majority: 137
Turnout: 22.5%
LD Hold

Chiltern DC, Amersham Town- 18th February 2016

Conservative 489 [50.2%; +11.6%]
LD Richard Williams 354 [36.3%; +3.3%]
UKIP 67 [6.9%; -7.4%]
Labour 64 [6.6%; -7.6%]
Majority: 135
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat
Percentage change since 2015

Broxtowe BC, Toton & Chilwell Meadows- 18th February 2016

Conservative 910 [51.9%; +7.1%]
Labour 368 [21%; -0.3%]
LD Roy Heal 363 [20.7%; +20.7%]
Green 111 [6.3%; -3.6%]
[UKIP [0.0%; -13.2%]]
[Independent [0.0%; -10.8%]]
Majority: 542
Conservative Hold
Percentage change since 2015

Broxtowe BC, Greasley- 18th February 2016

Conservative 656 [48.8%; +0.8%]
Labour 300 [22.3%; -3.4%]
UKIP 230 [17.1%; -2.6%]
LD Keith Longden 158 [11.8%; +5.2%]
Majority: 356
Conservative Hold
Percentage change since 2015

Suffolk CC, Newmarket and Red Lodge- 18th February 2016

Conservative 644 [41%; -3.6%]
UKIP 494 [31.4%; +3.1%]
Labour 234 [14.9%; -5.9%]
West Suffolk Independents 123 [7.8%; +7.8%]
LD Tim Huggan 76 [4.8%; -1.4%]
Majority: 150
Turnout: 18%
Conservative Hold
Percentage change since 2013

Manchester MB, Higher Blackley- 18th February 2016

Labour 1,062 [65.3%; +7.8%]
UKIP 308 [18.9%; -6.8%]
Conservative 130 [8%; -1.8%]
LD Peter Matthews 78 [4.8%; +2%]
Green 40 [2.5%; -1.7%]
Pirate 9 [0.6%; +0.6%]
Majority: 754
Labour Hold
Percentage change since 2015

Argyll and Bute UA, Oban, North and Lorn- 18th February 2016

Listed below are the first preference votes:
SNP 1,113 [42.3%; +9.9%]
Conservative 609 [23.2%; +13.5%]
Independent 608 [23.1%; +23.1%]
Green 300 [11.4%; +11.4%]
[Previous Independent [0.0%; -39.7%]
[LD [0.0%; -9.2%]]
SNP gain from Independent
Percentage change since 2012