There were two by-elections in Clacton-on-Sea. In Peter Bruff ward, Tendring DC the Conservatives held onto the seat with 38.1% of the vote following the death of their councillor. Just 72 votes separated second and fourth place. Labour saw a very small rise in their vote coming second with 25.3% of the vote, UKIP did not stand in 2011 but came third on 21.5% and Liberal Democrat candidate John Candler came fourth with 15.2% of the vote. The Liberal Democrats were just 48 votes from gaining a seat in the ward in May 2011 but last Thursday were still only 163 votes behind the winning Tory candidate. In St John’s ward, Tendring DC the former Conservative council leader Peter Halliday resigned in December brandishing local Conservatives as “deceiving, lying individuals”. However the Conservatives still managed to hold onto the seat with 44% of the vote. Labour on 28.6% were just ahead of UKIP on 21.8%.
In Sheffield, Labour comfortably retained their safe seat in Arbourthorne ward on 52.2% but their vote was down 10% on May 2012. UKIP were runners up with 18% of the vote seeing a 3.3% rise. Sue Ross for the Liberal Democrats came fifth of eight with 6%.
In Conwy UA an Independent candidate successfully maintained Betws Yn Rhos for the Independents with 347 votes (46%), gaining a majority of 150 over second place Plaid Cymru. A second Independent candidate came third with 16.8% and the Conservatives who did not stand in May 2012 came last with 11%.
On a brighter note we congratulate Liberal Democrat Richard Shrimpton who gained a seat from the Independents on Rawcliffe Parish Council in an unopposed election.
For all the detailed results see the ALDC elections page
* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners