Ilkley Parish Council, Ilkley South - 5th January 2017

LD Mark Stidworthy 429 [71.5%]

Labour 171 [28.5%]

Majority 258

Lib Dem Gain from Greens

Turnout 27.67%


Alsager TC, East- 12th January 2017

LD Carrie Pletscher 575 [69.9%]

Labour 248 [30.1%]

Majority 327

Turnout 22%

Lib Dem Hold

Three Rivers DC, Gade Valley - 12th January 2017

A gain in an area which has often been Lib Dem in the past but with a huge swing

LD Alex Michaels 626 [60.9%;+24.0]

Con 196 [19.1%;-22.9%]

Lab 119 [11.6%;-9.6%]

UKIP 69 [6.7%; +6.7%]

Green 18 [1.8%; +1.8%]

Majority 430

Turnout 20.75%

Lib Dem Gain from Conservative

Percentage change since 2016


Sunderland MB, Sandhill - 12th January 2017

LD Stephen O'Brien 824 [45.0%; +41.5%]

Labour 458 [25.0%; -29.9%]

UKIP 343 [18.7%; -7.2%]

Conservative 184 [10.0%; -5.7%]

Green 23 [1.3%; +1.3%]

Majority 366

Lib Dem Gain from Labour

Percentage change since 2016

A massive swing in Sunderland as the Liberal Democrats win a ward in which the party has never even managed to finish second, let alone win, before. Even with the election being caused by a Labour councillor being kicked-out of office for not turning up to meetings, this is a quite spectacular victory for Stephen O'Brien and the team:

Here's what Stephen said during the campaign:

I live in Sunderland and am fed up with Labour-run Sunderland Council.

They waste our money on allowances, perks and meals for councillors - at the same time as saying there's no money for services.

Only the Liberal Democrats on Sunderland Council are campaigning to end wasteful spending like the free meals given to councillors after meetings which cost taxpayers thousands of pounds a year.

I am fed up with Labour councillors locally too - they never bother to keep in touch. Electing just another Labour councillor won't change anything on the council or in our area.

But if I'm elected, I will stand up to Labour's wasteful spending and work hard to get things done for local people.
This area will never vote Conservative but we need an opposition vote on the council.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be this strong voice, standing up to Labour's mismanagement and waste in Sunderland.