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Huge swing from the Conservatives as Lib Dems gain council seat

October 13, 2017 12:06 PM

Five Conservative defences and three Labour defences make up this week's tally of eight council by-elections.

Those eight contests have six Liberal Democrat candidates. Always disappointing to miss out on some (especially given the importance of fighting every election), though at least in these two cases they are wards the party hasn't fought in well over a decade. Even in much better times, we weren't standing in them.

First up, a Lib Dem gain in Three Rivers with a huge swing from the Conservatives in what had been a split Lib Dem/Conservative ward and a collapse in the Ukip vote:

Congratulations to Keith Martin and the team. Three Rivers was also the scene of an impressive by-election win back in July and another one (sorry for omitting this first time round!) in January.

Liberal Democrat GainThree Rivers DC, Oxhey Hall & Hayling - 12th October 2017

LD Keith Martin 672 [41.3%; -6.5%]
Con 461 [28.3%; +2.8%]
Lab 428 [26.3%; +8.8%]
UKIP 35 [2.2%; -7.0%]
Green 31 [1.9%; 1.9%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative
Turnout 30.9%
Percentage changes from 2016

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Sheffield MB, Beighton - 12th October 2017

Lab 1640 [48.6%; +5.2%]
LD Bob McCann 899 [26.6%; +21.0%]
Con 552 [16.3%; -0.8%]
UKIP 212 [6.3%; -19.2%]
Green 74 [2.2%; -3.1%]
TUSC 0 [[0.0%; -3.1%]]
Labour hold
Percentage changes from 2016

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Warrington UA, Chapelford & Old Hall - 12th October 2017

Lab 957 [54.7%; 9.8%]
Con 353 [20.2%; 2.3%]
LD Allan Bird 312 [17.8%; -3.2%]
UKIP 86 [4.9%; -5.1%]
Green 43 [2.5%; -3.7%]
Labour hold
Percentage changes from 2016

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Aberdeenshire UA, Inverurie & District - 12th October 2017

Con 1672 [48.5%; +12.6]
SNP 1146 [33.3%; +5.7]
LD Scott Bremner 295 [8.6%; -3.2]
Lab 276 [8.0%; +3.7]
Grn 56 [1.6%; +1.6]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -20.4]]
Conservative hold (Elected at 4th stage)
Turnout 30.9%
Percentage changes based on 1st prefences in 2017

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Wakefield MB, Stanley & Outwood - 12th October 2017

Lab 1,353 [51.0%; +2.4%]
Con 847 [31.9%; +7.3%]
LD Nicola Kate Sinclair 165 [6.2%; +2.3%]
Yorkshire 153 [5.8%; +5.8%]
UKIP 136 [5.1%; -16.4%]
TUSC 0 [0.0%; -1.3%]
Labour hold
Percentage changes from 2016

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Ashfield DC, Hucknall North - 12th October 2017

Ind 1329 [51.1%; 38.4%]
Lab 629 [24.2%; -6.5%]
Con 532 [20.4%; -10.6%]
UKIP 66 [2.5%; -15.7%]
LD James Harvey 46 [1.8%; 1.8%]
Green 0 [[0.0%;-7.4%]]
Independent gain from Lab
Turnout 33%
Percentage changes from 2015

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Wyre BC Rossall - 12th October 2017

Lab 610 [50.1%; +12.8%]
Con 427 [35.1%; +5.9%]
Ind 180 [14.8%; +14.8%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -19.7%]]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -20.6]]
Labour hold
Turnout 27.0%
Percentage changes from 2015

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Tamworth BC, Bolehall - 12th October 2017

Lab 643 [53.4%; +3.9%]
Con 561 [46.6%; +22.2%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -26.1%]]
Labour hold
Turnout 20.8%
Percentage changes from 2016