The Liberal Democrats have gained a seat from the Conservatives on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in yesterday’s Pembridge by-election, with a swing of more than 13%.
The result in full:
LD Claire Brown 578 (43.3; +2.7)
Con 460 (34.5; -24.9)
UKIP 296 (22.2; +22.2)
LD gain from Con
Percentage change is since May 2010.
New Liberal Democrat councillor Claire Brown said,
I am delighted and honoured to win this seat in Pembury and serve the village. I am a local mother of three young children who runs my own business. We fought an excellent campaign against the Tories who put up a candidate from outside the village, who was planning to move even further away. This is the start of a comeback for the Lib Dems in Pembury, and kick starts our campaign now for Tunbridge Wells elections in May.
Elsewhere, in the Renfrewshire UA, Paisley South (Ward 5) by-election, Labour gained a seat from the SNP, while Lib Dems dropped from third to fifth place.