ALDC By-Election Review – 14th March

Thursday saw three by-elections take place across the country with two Labour seats and an Independent seat up for grabs. Southampton UA, Coxford Ward Lab 668 [26.3%; -1.9%] Con 529 [20.8%; +4.4%] LD Sam Chapman 450 [17.7%; +14.7%] SA 368 [14.5%; +14.5%] IS 178 [7.0%; +7.0%] Ind 174 [6.8%; +4.4%] UKIP 123 [4.8%; +4.8%] Green […]

Thursday saw three by-elections take place across the country with two Labour seats and an Independent seat up for grabs.

Southampton UA, Coxford Ward

Lab 668 [26.3%; -1.9%] Con 529 [20.8%; +4.4%] LD Sam Chapman 450 [17.7%; +14.7%] SA 368 [14.5%; +14.5%] IS 178 [7.0%; +7.0%] Ind 174 [6.8%; +4.4%] UKIP 123 [4.8%; +4.8%] Green 53 [2.1%; -0.9%] Lab gain from Ind Percentage change from 2018

With the resignation of the Independent councillor, Coxford Ward was up for grabs with eight candidates battling it out. Sam Chapman and Southampton Lib Dems put on a great campaign opposing more tax rises and service cuts from the Labour council and putting forward some great ideas to improve the city’s air quality and environment. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Sam, but the success of the campaign shone through as the Lib Dem vote share increased by 14.7%. Well done to the team on a great result that leaves the party in great stead for the next round of elections this May.

Durham UA, Wingate

Lab 458 [64.1%; -11.7] LD Edwin Simpson 163 [22.8%; +22.8%] NEP 74 [10.3%; +0.1] FB 20 [2.8; +2.8%] Turnout 24.2% Lab Hold Percentage change from 2017

Our second result from the evening comes from Durham UA’s Wingate ward. With Labour running the county council for 100 years, the battle always looked to be tough. Edwin Simpson and the Durham Lib Dem team had a fantastic result and grabbed 22.8% of the vote share from nowhere in the battle, which saw Labour lose 11.7% of the vote that they received in 2017. A great result showing an increase in momentum for the Lib Dem team in Durham which hopefully sets them in good stead for next week’s Durham by-election in Esh and Witton Gilbert.

Croydon LB, Norbury & Pollards Hill

Lab 1379 [64.5%; -3.3%] Con 324 [15.2%; -6.9%] Ind 162 [7.6%; +7.6%] Green 91 [4.3%; -6.0%] Ind 72 [3.4%; +3.4%] LD Guy Burchett 70 [3.3%; +3.3%] UKIP 40 [1.9%; +1.9%] Lab Hold Percentage change from 2018

Thanks also go to the Croydon Lib Dems and Guy Burchett for representing liberal values standing in a tricky battle in Norbury & Pollards Hill.

Next week there are six by-elections taking place with one Lib Dem defence!

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections

Good luck to all standing and see you next week!

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

ALDC By-election review 21st February 2019

70 days to go to the local elections was celebrated in the form of two by-elections taking place across the country on 21st February. Northamptonshire CC, Oundle Con 1864 [51.3%; -14.1%] LD Marc Folgate 1276 [35.1%; +24.6%] Lab 403 [11.1%; -12.9%] UKIP 89 [2.5%; +2.5%} Turnout 36.9% Con Hold (former Councillor sitting as Independent) Percentage […]

70 days to go to the local elections was celebrated in the form of two by-elections taking place across the country on 21st February.

Northamptonshire CC, Oundle
Con 1864 [51.3%; -14.1%]
LD Marc Folgate 1276 [35.1%; +24.6%]
Lab 403 [11.1%; -12.9%]
UKIP 89 [2.5%; +2.5%}
Turnout 36.9%
Con Hold (former Councillor sitting as Independent)
Percentage change from 2017

The standout result for the night saw Marc Folgate and the Northamptonshire Lib Dem team put out a scare to the Conservatives in an epic battle for Oundle. Putting on a fantastic campaign, Marc Folgate achieved a huge swing of 24.6% increasing his vote share to a whopping 35.1%. The result saw a huge loss of votes to the Conservativs and Labour, losing 14.1% and 12.9% respectively. Congratulations to Marc and the team on a fantastic result that is sure to raise optimism ahead of May!

Cardiff UA, Ely
PC 831 [43.1%; +17.8%]
Lab 779 [40.4%; -7.1%]
Con 271 [14.1%; -2.4%]
LD Richard Jerrett 46 [2.4%; -6.2%]
[TUSC 0 [-2.1%; -2.1%]]
PC gain Lab
Percentage change from 2017

Thanks go also to Richard Jerrett and the Cardiff Lib Dem for their hard work campaigning and fighting hard for our liberal values. Despite a difficult result, it is always extremely important to have the option to vote for the Liberal Democrats and their hard work should be appreciated, especially in an election that saw both Labour and the Conservatives lose seats.

Next week we have 1 by-election in Berkeley Vale for Stroud DC with Mike Stayte standing.

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Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections.

Good luck to Mike Stayte and the team and see you next week!

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ALDC By-election review 2nd November

Three by-elections took place over the country last night with Lib Dem candidates spreading the word and standing in all by-elections. A quiet night saw a Lib Dem hold and a couple of tough results. South Gloucestershire UA, Dodington LD Louise Harris 693 [49.3%; +8.4%] Con 554 [39.4%; +16.8%] Lab 158 [11.2%; -1.6%] [UKIP 920 […]

Three by-elections took place over the country last night with Lib Dem candidates spreading the word and standing in all by-elections. A quiet night saw a Lib Dem hold and a couple of tough results.

South Gloucestershire UA, Dodington

LD Louise Harris 693 [49.3%; +8.4%]
Con 554 [39.4%; +16.8%]
Lab 158 [11.2%; -1.6%]
[UKIP 920 [23.7%; -23.7%]

Turnout 25%

Louise Harris and the South Gloucestershire Lib Dems ran a great campaign to hold a seat in a close battle with the Conservatives. With UKIP not standing, a large proportion of votes were up for grabs and Louise and the team put in a great shift to gain 8.4% of the vote share. A great showing in an area that has lots of potential for a liberal future!

Kirklees MB, Denby Dale

LD Alison Baskeyfield 289 [7.4%; +4.6%]
Con 1689 [43.0%; -4.2%]
Lab 1834 [46.7%; +3.8%]
Green 116 [3.0%; -4.2%]

Turnout 29.86%

In what was always bound to be an uphill battle, the Kirklees Lib Dems and candidate Alison Baskeyfield put on a spirited campaign to spread the Liberal word. The hard work of the campaign was beneficial with Baskeyfield gaining the largest swing in the election of +4.6% and moving the Liberal Democrats into the position of the third party in the ward.

Newham LB, Boleyn

LD Arunasalam Pirapaharan 83 [3.6%; +3.6%]
Con 327 [14.2%; -3.5%]
Lab 1725 [74.8%; 2.8%]
Green 172 [7.5%; -2.9%]

Turnout 23.5%

An election in a Labour safe seat was always going to be a difficult battle but our thanks go to Newham Lib Dems and candidate Arunasalam Pirapaharan for putting on an admirable campaign and displaying the Liberal values.

Next week there are 4 by-elections with 4 Lib Dem candidates, good luck to all and keep up the good work.

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections.

See you next week!

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners