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The other local elections: Lib Dems gain five and hold three

The Liberal Democrats have gained five council seats and retained all three of their previously-held seats in the raft of council by-elections they were contesting yesterday.

In Wallsend, North Tyneside, Michael Huscroft gained from Labour with 58.2%, or 1158 votes.

David Siddans won in Rossett, Harrogate Borough Council, with 48.9% of the vote (897), in a 25.6% swing from the Tories.

From the Harrogate Advertiser:

Councillor John Fox, Constituency Chairman, Harrogate and Knaresborough Liberal Democrats said: “This is the first Liberal Democrat gain from the Conservatives in the north of England this year. We are absolutely delighted to have overturned a

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  • User AvatarJudy Abel 31st Mar - 5:29am
    David-1. Yes, the worry I have is about trying to position ourselves equidistant between the Tories and Labour is that this makes us less visible....
  • User AvatarDavid-1 31st Mar - 4:26am
    I'm not prepared to prophesy final doom for the Liberal Democrats, whatever happens in these elections; that will depend entirely on decisions to be made...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 31st Mar - 2:43am
    Paul, apologies, I missed your own reference to John Pardoe in the main article. I like the idea of him and Healey sending the crockery...
  • User AvatarMark Littlewood 31st Mar - 1:32am
    Being "very proud of ourselves" is exactly what the public loathe. Sigh....
  • User AvatarMichael BG 31st Mar - 1:31am
    It is too early to try to say how Nick Clegg will be viewed by history. Yes history will say that this coalition government was...
  • User AvatarGlenn 31st Mar - 1:23am
    Very commendable.
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