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A massive shoutout for Thursday’s winners.

May 8, 2018 12:37 PM
By Joe Otten in Liberal Democrat Voice

ballot boxThe dust has settled from last Thursday, and Liberal Democrats have posted 75 net gains on the day. But a mere number hardly does justice to all the teams behind each result. So here are some shoutouts. In alphabetical order. Well done everyone, brilliant work.

Apologies for any errors - this is coming from local council websites, some of which are easier to use than others. If it isn't clear which seats are gains I've just given a total, but please shoutout in the comments if you know.

Barnsley +1

The marvellous Hannah Kitching becomes the first Liberal Democrat on Barnsley council for a decade. To win from a standing start with a majority of 778 is remarkable. I confess to helping. Hannah also polled a creditable 10.6% in the South Yorkshire mayoral election on the same day, beating my 10.05% in the Police Commissioner election of 2016.

Bolton +1

David Wilkinson in Westhoughton South

Calderdale +1

Amanda Parsons-Hulse gained Warley and Marilyn Greenwood held Greetland and Stainland

Cambridge +1

5 wins with 1 net gain.

Camden +2

3 wins with 2 net gains.

Cheltenham +3

17 wins with 3 net gains.

Cherwell +1

Somebody is the first Lib Dem councillor on Cherwell. Well done. Unfortunately the council website is only publishing one ward result.

Elmbridge +1

3 wins with 1 net gain.

Gosport +4

9 wins with 4 net gains. There are 20 wards here altogether, so this looks like a prospect for taking control before long.

Haringey +6

15 wins with 6 net gains. (7 according to the Guardian).

Huntingdonshire +1

7 wins with 1 net gain on new boundaries.

Hull +9

24 wins with 9 notional net gains (7 actual) on new boundaries. A phenomenal result. So embarrassing to the Labour Council they don't appear to have published it on the website.

Kingston upon Thames +21

39 wins with 21 net gains, as mentioned earlier.

Liverpool +3

Carole Mary Storey in Childwall, Liz Makinson in Church and Kris Brown in Woolton

Manchester +1

Not apparent on the website, but it was Didsbury West and Richard Kilpatrick.

Merton +5

6 wins with 5 net gains.

Mole Valley +2

6 wins with 2 net gains, taking the council from Con to NOC.

North Hertfordshire +3

6 wins with 3 net gains.

Oxford +1

5 wins with 1 net gain.

Peterborough +1

3 wins with 1 net gain.

Portsmouth +1

4 wins with 1 net gain.

Richmond-upon-Thames +24

39 wins with 24 gains, to take control.

Rushmore +1

Another first Lib Dem on the council. Abul Koher Chowdhury in St Mark's

Sheffield +3

Mohammed Mahroof in Crookes & Crosspool (Sheffield Hallam)
Gail Smith in Mosborough
Mike Leverey in West Ecclesfield
and 6 holds.

South Cambridgeshire +20

30 wins and 20 notional gains on new boundaries to take control.

St Albans +2

9 wins with 2 net gains.

Stevenage +1

2 wins with 1 net gain.

Sunderland +3

None to defend, all gains.
Andrew Wood in Millfield
Lynn Appleby in Sandhill
George Smith in Pallion

Tandridge +3

4 wins with 3 net gains.

Three Rivers +1

1 gain, to take control.

Tunbridge Wells +1

2 wins with 1 net gain.

Watford +1

9 wins with 1 net gain to retain control.

Welwyn Hatfield +3

6 wins with 3 net gains.

West Oxfordshire +3

4 wins with 3 net gains.

Winchester +2

Margot Power in Alresford and Itchen Valley
Linda Murphy in St Michael
Winchester is now on a knife edge with 22 Lib Dem and 23 Conservative councillors. With elections by thirds, a repeat of these results would see us take control.

Woking +1

3 wins with 1 gain.

Wokingham +2

4 wins with 2 net gains.

Wyre Forest +1

Alan Totty in Offmore & Comberton

Plaudits to you all and hugs to anyone who didn't quite make it. Roll on next year!

* Joe Otten was the candidate for Sheffield Heeley in June 2017, is a councillor in Sheffield and is Tuesday editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.