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Full Principle By-election results - 21 July 2016

July 23, 2016 11:19 AM
In ALDC

Ballot BoxFrom one week of fantastic by-election results to another, with a Liberal Democrat gain in the Northampton Council, where the local Westone team increased the Lib Dem vote share by 36.4% to get our candidate Brian Markham elected. Councillor Markham received 49.7% of the vote, compared to the Conservatives' 27.2% and Labour's 23.0%.

The local team ran a fantastic campaign to "Bring Back Brian" to the area, as Brian first won the seat at another by-election in 1993 and represented the area for 18 years. Team Lib Dem engaged many of their new members in Westone as part of the campaign, with Brian saying that "we have had quite a few new members recently and it's been great to be able to get them involved and see their enthusiasm".

We also enjoyed success in the town council by-election in Burbage Parish, where the Conservatives enjoyed a 200 vote majority in the Stretton ward last year, but was gained yesterday by the Liberal Democrats with a 58 vote majority, receiving 47.2% of the vote.

Out of the ten by-elections that took place yesterday, the Liberal Democrats put up candidates in eight (we did not stand in Gwynedd and East Devon, which were held by Plaid Cymru with 75.8% of the vote and the Conservatives with 45.3% respectively). In six of these wards we saw increases in our vote share, including an impressive 12.6% increase for Celia Ann in Tandridge and 17.0% increase for Alex Sadiq in East Devon (both held by the Conservatives, with 56.5% and 45.3% of the vote respectively).

ALDC' LIb Dems Gain SeatAlex has lived in Exmouth for fifteen years, where she is a pillar of the community along with her husband, who runs a family business in the centre of town. Alex gained 38.7% of the vote, and with less than 7% between us and the Tories, we are sure we will be reporting a gain in the area sometime soon. We also saw gains in three other council - in Lancashire where we got 4.8% of the vote, Lewisham with 10.9%, and Newark & Sherwood with 17.6% (as we had previously not contested the seat).

We have a slightly lighter week next week, with seven elections taking place - East Hampshire on the 26th, South Hams on the 27th, and Wychavon, Cornwall, Newport, Sutton and Haringey all on the 28th. The wards in both Newport and Sutton are currently Lib Dem seats, which we look forward to defending, as well as hopefully gaining some more seats to keep our winning streak going.

Northampton BC, Westone

LD Brian Markham 583 [49.7%; +36.4%]
Conservative 319 [27.2%; -28.7%]
Labour 270 [23.0%; -7.6%]
Majority: 264
LD gain from Conservative
Percentage change since 2015

East Devon DC, Exmouth Littleham

Conservative 547 [45.3%; +8.6%]
LD Alex Sadiq 467 [38.7%; +17.0%]
Labour 193 [16.0%; +4.2%]
[Independent [0.0%; -29.7%]]
Majority: 80
Turnout: 19.7%
Conservative hold
Percentage change since 2016

Tandridge DC, Warlingham West

Conservative 367 [56.5%; -0.6%]
LD Celia Ann 218 [33.6%; +12.6%]
UKIP 64 [9.9%; -4.0%]
[Labour [0.0%; -7.9%]
Majority: 149
Turnout: 23.7%
Conservative hold
Percentage change since 2016

Newark & Sherwood DC, Balderton South

Conservative 483 [82.4%; +25.5%]
LD Marylyn Rayner 103 [17.6%; +17.6%]
[Labour [0.0%; -43.0%]]
Majority: 380
Turnout: 15.3%
Conservative gain from Labour
Percentage change since 2015

Lewisham LB, Bellingham

Labour 940 [56.8%; -4.8%]
Conservative 302 [18.2%; +3.5%]
LD Ed Veasey 180 [10.9%; +4.9%]
People Before Profit 129 [7.8%; +2.3%]
UKIP 104 [6.3%: +6.3%]
[Independent [0.0%; -1.8%]]
Majority: 638
Turnout: 16.3%
Labour hold
Percentage change since 2014

Hackney LB, Hackney Central

Labour 1354 [75.2%; +11.2%]
Green 178 [9.9%; -13.0%]
LD Russell French 113 [6.3%; -1.1%]
Conservative 101 [5.6%; -0.2%]
Independent 55 [3.1%; +3.1%]
Majority: 1176
Turnout 18.6%
Labour hold
Percentage change since 2014

Reading UA, Southcote

Labour 934 [64.1%; +0.2%]
Conservative 381 [26.1%; +1.3%]
LD Mark Cole 77 [5.3%; -0.9%]
Green 66 [4.5%; -0.6%]
Majority: 553
Turnout: 22.5%
Labour hold
Percentage change since 2016

Lancashire CC, Chorley Rural North

Conservative 1144 [43.8%; +2.6%]
Labour 1042 [39.9%; +2.1%]
UKIP 303 [11.6%; -5.7%]
LD Stephen Fenn 125 [4.8%; +1.0%]
Majority: 102
Turnout: 25.0%
Conservative hold
Percentage hold since 2013

East Devon DC, Honiton St Michael's

Conservative 362 [39.8%; -15.0%]
Independent 211 [23.2%; +14.0%]
Labour 197 [21.6%; +21.6%]
UKIP 140 [15.4%; -11.0%]
Majority: 151
Conservative hold
Percentage change since 2015

Gwynedd UA, Waunfawr

Plaid Cymru 358 [75.8%; +18.6%]
Labour 114 [24.2%; +24.2%]
[Independent [0.0%; -42.8%]
Majority: 244
Plaid Cymru hold
Percentage change since 2012