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Lib Dems gain seat from Labour from 4th place with 33% swing

February 2, 2018 1:30 PM

A pair of Labour defences make up this week's council by-elections. One in Cornwall and one in Sunderland, both have a Liberal Democrat candidate (yay).

First result is, in traditional general election night style, from Sunderland. And wow:

Liberal Democrat GainSunderland MB, Pallion - 1st February 2018

LD Martin Haswell 1251 [53.9%; +49.5%]
Lab 807 [34.8%; -15.9%]
Con 126 [5.4%; -7.2%]
UKIP 97 [4.2%; -24.7%]
Green 39 [1.7%; -1.8%]
Lib Dem gain from Labour
Percentage changes from 2016

Cornwall UA, Falmouth Smithick - 1st February 2018

Lab 643 [60.2%; +19.9%]
LD John Spargo 184 [17.2%; -1.7%]
Con 184 [17.2%; -7.2%]
Green 57 [5.3%; -11.0%]
Labour hold
Percentage changes from 2016