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  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Mar 16, 2018

    Two of the contests in major councils this week are in South Kesteven council, Lincolnshire and the third is in Redcar.

    Walton PC - 15th March 2018

    LD Sharon Harris 158 [83.2%]
    Grn 18 [9.5%]
    Grn 14 [7.4%]
    1 Lib Dem and 1 Green elected


    Birchwood TC - 15th March 2018

    Lab 353 [73.4%]
    LD Matt Scott 128 [26.6%]
    Labour hold

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Mar 9, 2018
    By Mark Pack

    After last week's full slate of Lib Dem candidates, this week's contestation rate slipped back to three quarters with six Lib Dem candidates in the eight seats. Disappointingly, that's down one on when these seats were last fought.

    The overall modest Lib Dem results across these eight seats - five Conservative defences, three Labour defences - does make this week a useful test of how broad the Lib Dem recovery is. Or, as Jonathan Calder would put it, a test of whether the party can score good third places (read his piece to see why that matters).

  • hold
    Article: Feb 23, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Another bumper set of council by-elections this week: eleven in total, of which nine have Liberal Democrat candidates. The two missing out on candidates are at least seats the party has in one case never and in the other case only once fought before - though even in the weakest of areas, every by-election can be a useful step in building up the party if the opportunity can be taken.

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    A bumper set of fourteen council by-elections this week. None of the seats up are Lib Dem held. Rather, seven are Conservative, four Labour, one is an increasingly rare Ukip seat, one SNP seat and one is a residents group vacancy.

    After last week's disappointing dip this time there are eleven Liberal Democrat candidates (79%). That's up four on the last time all these wards were contested.

  • hold
    Article: Feb 9, 2018

    One moderately successful Welsh Assembly by-election down, seven main council by-elections to go. Alas, only two Liberal Democrat candidates across those seven vacancies.

    Teignmouth TC - 5th February 2018

    LD 438 [39.6%]
    Con 365 [33.0%]
    Lab 243 [22.0%]
    Ind 60 [5.4%]
    Lib Dem hold

    Brighton & Hove UA, East Brighton - 8th February 2018

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Feb 2, 2018

    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:

    Sunderland 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

  • ballot box
    Article: Jan 26, 2018

    Isle of Wight UA, Central Wight - 25th January 2018

    Con 547 [49.7%; -25.5%]
    LD Nick Stuart 286 [26.0%; +26.0%]
    Grn 143 [13.0%; -5.9%]
    Lab 101 [9.2%; 3.2%]
    UKIP 24 [2.2%; +2.2%]
    Conservative hold
    Percentage changes from 2017

  • hold
    Article: Jan 20, 2018

    Another week of five council by-elections. A full set of Liberal Democrat candidates this week, which is excellent news.

    Rochford DC, Downhall and Rawreth - 18th January 2018

    LD Craig Cannell 794 [77.0%; +16.6%]
    Con 237 [23.0%; +6.4%]
    Lab 0 [[0%; -7.9%]]
    Residents 0 [[0%; -15.2%]]
    Lib Dem hold
    Percentage changes from 2016

  • Liberal Democrat Gain
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    After last week's slow start to this year's council by-elections, this week brings five council contests. Only three of them, alas, had Liberal Democrat candidates.

    South Molton TC - 11th January 2018

    LD Jacqui Footman 311 [41.6%]
    Ind 237 [31.7%]
    Lab 199 [26.6%]
    Lib Dem gain from Independent

    Thanet DC, Thanet Villages - 11th January 2018

  • ballot box
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Hertsmere BC, Borehamwood Cowley - 4th January 2018

    Lab 709 [59.8%; +3.4%]
    Con 381 [32.2%; -11.5%]
    UKIP 57 [4.8%; +4.8%]
    LD Paul Robinson 20 [1.7%; +1.7%]
    Green 18 [1.5%; +1.5%]
    Labour gain from Conservatives
    Turnout 19.2%
    Percentage change since 2015