The first Lib Dem GAIN of 2017

Good news from Ilkley where, last night, we gained a Parish Council seat in the Ilkley South ward from the Greens. Congratulations to Mark Stidworthy. The result was:

Liberal Democrats 429

Labour                       171

Very well done to the campaign team who kept the momentum going through the festive period, which is particularly difficult to do. 

Not only is there another Lib Dem voice in local government, but they have kicked off the 2017 scoresheet for us.

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10 Comments

  • Ilkley South is traditionally Labour’s best area in the Ilkley Ward of Bradford (yes Bradford!). The Tories complacently simply wanted to co-opt and were furious when they found the by-election had been called. They would probably have been happy to co-opt a Labour person to maintain business as usual.

    But whatever the circumstances you can’t argue with 72%. A very strong candidate, enthusiastic new members very willing to seek advice, and good leaflets did the business.

  • Great. Well done.

    Dear old Donald Wade who used to be my Liberal MP in Huddersfield used to live in Ilkley. He would have been chuffed.

  • Nigel Fearn 6th Jan '17 - 10:57am

    Excellent news !

  • Splendid result. Congratulations to all.

  • Hoping they did it without hats.

  • Sue Sutherland 6th Jan '17 - 2:43pm

    Brilliant!

  • Hope we can repeat at Three Rivers next week, wont be easy. One thing that continues is the apparent lack of Green and UKIP candidates and presence even when they held the seat. Things getting back to normality, three party politics, step by step it seems to be happening?

  • Kay Kirkham 6th Jan '17 - 5:38pm

    We had a great time in Ilkley thanks to everyone who helped out. Nothing like delivering to get rid of those extra kilos you put on over Christmas.

    Theaks – there was another parish council by election on the same day in Bingley which was won by UKIP so it’s a bit early to be writing them off. Good luck in Three Rivers

  • @Kay – there seems to be a certain symmetry to having by-eelctions on the same day in Bradford and Bingley. Where next, Cheltenham and Gloucester?

  • Tony Greaves 7th Jan '17 - 8:33pm

    Who thinks that either Ilkley or Bingley are in Bradford? All a disastrous legacy of the 1974 local government reorganisation. (Things now are getting even worse of course).

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