A Lib Dem GAIN and three huge surges forward in last night’s by-elections

There were some great local election results last night:

First of all, Derek Parry won in Vivary in Somerset.

He won with 648 votes to 307 for the Conservatives.

And we had some super surges forward too:


And a respectable result from a standing start:

And in Liverpool a significant increase in vote share despite coming third to Labour and the Liberal candidate.

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  • I was a trifle disappointed, hoped for a bit more but nevertheless we cannot complain. See Huntingdon Town Council yesterday. Lib Dem gain. Lab 84. Green 120. Lib Dem 485. Question where was the Conservative, Huntingdon it is!
    Yesterdays results raises a question for the pundits, Lib Dems poll in the upper 20’s say, get millions of votes but because of our awaful perfomances in 2017, 360 lost deposits we just get hundreds of close second places.

  • nigel hunter 20th Sep '19 - 9:42am

    Good battles fought but the war goes on . (to win a majority of MPs). Labour vote collapses. I note that the Tory vote is also down.I hope this is not just cos we had a conference and therefore publicity but a realisation with the voter of where Brexit will take us, into 3rd world status.

  • Martin Land 20th Sep '19 - 9:59am

    Huntingdon Town Council
    Labour 84
    Green 120
    Lib Dem Mike Baker 485

  • Richard Underhill 20th Sep '19 - 12:51pm

    The Times 17/9/19 page 9 columns 3-5
    Labour applicants have been told that the selection process will wait until Labour’s “ruling” National Executive Committee has formally decided to start choosing candidates.

  • Fulham Broadway was a useful opportunity to test the robustness of our newfound middle-class inner London support that turned out for us at the June 2019 EP election. While a second place, 30.4% is substantially more than the 19% that Roger Liddle achieved in the 1986 Parliamentary byelection against Nick Raynsford. The last time that Liberal Democrats have won anything at all in Fulham was Alexi Sugden in 1994, and that took an election petition to get over the line. A score of 30.4% is encouraging and perhaps suggests that inner London is catching up with the rest of inner-urban Britain, where the middle-class started deserting the Tories three decades ago. We will soon see.

    In June 2019, the only demographic that stayed loyal to Labour was ethnic minorities. The one notable regional exception was Liverpool, where the white working-class refused to deviate in its loyalty to Labour. Old Swan was a Tory ward up until the 1980s, I believe? For Liberal Democrats, Liverpool looks like a complete write-off, at least in the short-term.

  • Paul Barker 20th Sep '19 - 2:55pm

    After yesterdays 2 Polls putting us on 23% we have some Leader Satisfaction Ratings today – Jo Swinson on 35%, Jeremy Corbyn on 16%. Jo is actually more popular than Corbyn with Labour Voters.
    One of the features of the 6 Byelections yesterday is that the Labour Vote fell in 5 & they didn’t stand in the other one.

  • Tony Greaves 20th Sep '19 - 4:47pm

    Labour’s vote has fallen in every Council by-election but one since May.

    By the way why can’t you (LDV) post the actual results?

  • Old Swan was won by us in the 1970’s, a marginal with Labour through the Hatton years, safer for us in the Blair years and lost in 2010, general election on the same day. Then came the Coalition disaster.
    Liverpool LDs are recovering, 10 Cllrs from a low of 2, I’m sure Richard Kemp will explain better!

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