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Lib Dems take seat from Labour with enormous 38% swing

February 3, 2017 12:14 PM
By Mark Pack

It's been a mixed start to 2017 for council by-elections from a Liberal Democrat perspective: spectacular wins and a series of no-shows without any candidates. This week brought three by-elections with Conservatives, Labour and Ukip each defending one seat

Rotherham MB, Brinsworth & Catcliffe - 2nd February 2017

Fantasic news from Rotherham in a ward the Liberal Democrats had never won since its creation in 2004.

Adam Carter

Adam Carter

LD Adam Carter 2000 [66.0%; +50.4%]
Labour 519 [17.1%;-26.2%]
UKIP 389 [12.8%; -16.4%]
Conservative 91 [3.0%; -8.8%]
Green 30 [1.0%; +1.0%]
32% turnout
Majority 1481
LD gain from Labour
Percentage change 2016

This gives the Liberal Democrats our first councillor in Rotherham in over a decade. Many congratulations to Adam Carter and his team.

Adam lives in Brinsworth on Wensleydale Drive, and in his job as a doctor has worked at the Stag Medical Centre, Rotherham and Rotherham Hospital. In his spare time, he volunteers as a rugby referee, including at the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Ground on Bawtry Road and at Clifton Lane in Rotherham.

His priorities include improving Brinsworth Library, ensuring residents' voices are heard on HS2 and lobby for a new school on Catcliffe's Waverley estate.

Adam said: "This by-election is an opportunity for residents to vote for real change. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour have taken this town for granted and people tell me that they are looking for someone new.

"I do hope residents will vote for something different this time. I'm not a career politician but I care passionately about Brinsworth, the place I've made my home. I'm looking forward to meeting more local people out on the campaign trail and campaigning on issues that matter to them."

The by-election was called after Labour councillor Andrew Roddison resigned after his conviction for sexual assault. [The Star]

Nick Clegg was one of those who was out campaigning for Adam Carter:

As were newer members.

Rotherham MB, Dinnington - 2nd February 2017

Ukip's slide continued and there was a Lib Dem candidate where there wasn't last time:

Labour 670 [36.1%; +3.9%]

UKIP 303 [16.3%; -14.1%]
Conservative 238 [12.8%;+12.8%]
Independent 232 [12.5%; -12.8%]
Independent 180 [9.7%; +9.7%]
Independent 81 [4.4%; +4.4%]
Green 78 [4.2%; -7.9%]
LD Stephen Thornley 75 [4.0%;+4.0%]
Majority 367
Labour gain from UKIP
Percentage change since 2016

The local party quite rightly concentrated its efforts on the spectacular win rather than on this ward. The pair of results illustrates therefore how much the Lib Dem recovery is dependent on hard work on the ground rather than voters simply switching to the party regardless.

East Staffordshire, Town - 2nd February 2017

Conservatives holding their seat in another contest without a Liberal Democrat candidate:

Labour 359 [29.9%; -3.0%]
UKIP 213 [17.8%; +17.8%]
[Green 0 [0.0% ;-14.5]]
Majority 268
Turnout 17%
Conservative hold
Percentage changes from 2015