We keep being told that, where we work, we can win. And it’s still true, no matter how gloomy the opinion polls are, as this week’s by-election results demonstrate.
The Liberal Democrats have gained two seats from the Conservatives in a stunning by-election win in Oxford West & Abingdon constituency. Elizabeth Miles and Val Shaw won on a 17% swing from the Tories in Sunningwell & Wootton ward, and their double victory reduced the Conservative majority on the Vale of White Horse District Council to just three.
Speaking after the result, Lib Dem Campaign Manager Neil Fawcett said: “This is a fantastic result in one of the more Conservative parts of the constituency. Elizabeth and Val campaigned positively on their track record in the community and will be hard-working councillors who will stand up for their community.”
Meanwhile, in Sutton…
— Paul Burstow MP (@PaulBurstow) December 6, 2012
In Shenfield, in the Essex commuter belt, another gain from the Conservatives, as Liz Cohen joins Graeme Clark on Brentwood District Council;
Elected as councillor for Shenfield! Massive thanks to everyone and I look forward to serving you. Thanks again. Cllr Liz Cohen
— Liz Cohen (@ShenfieldLiz) December 6, 2012
And in St Austell, Stephen Gilbert will be delighted with the news that his colleagues have gained a seat on the Town Council, again from the Conservatives.