ALDC by-election report: 27th November 2014

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There were twelve principal council by-elections contested last Thursday. In the Melton DC ward of Asfordby, the Conservatives polled 53.4% in gaining a seat from Labour with a majority of 136 votes.

There was also a gain for UKIP from the SDP after winning in Bridlington Central and Old Town on East Yorkshire UA with a narrow majority of 49 ahead of the Conservatives.

In addition, the SNP made a gain in the Aberdeenshire ward of Troup from the Conservatives after winning 1158 first preference votes.

Elsewhere Labour held five seats on Midlothian UA, Hillingdon LB, Oxfordshire CC and in two wards on Oxford DC, polling over 70% in the latter three contests.

The Conservatives held two seats on East Yorkshire UA in Howdenshire and Willerby & Kirk Ella wards, whilst also retaining a seat in the Huntingdonshire DC ward of St Neots Priory Park.

Also an Independent once again won the Orkney seat of Kirkwall West & Orphir in an election comprising completely of independent candidates.

The Liberal Democrats fielded candidates in six of this weeks elections, although only one managed to poll over 5% of the vote. In November, the party fielded candidates in 58.3% of the months principal council by-elections, an improvement by 4% from October. However this percentage was lower than the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP’s figure for last month.

For all the detailed results see ALDC elections.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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11 Comments

  • David Evans 3rd Dec '14 - 10:38am

    Another week – another appalling set of by election results. The party hierarchy is sleepwalking to disaster in May 2015 and nothing that happens or anything that people say seems to wake them to the catastrophe they are all responsible for. Most seem to be in denial that any of it is their fault. It can only get worse until someone changes things and gets Nick to go.

  • “..Liberal Democrats fielded candidates in six of this weeks elections, although only one managed to poll over 5% of the vote”

    It has to be remembered that these six places will be “areas of strength” for the party, ie areas where there are a few members with enough residual enthusiasm to put up a candidate.

    In 5 out of 6 of these “areas of strength” we cannot even manage 5% of the votes in a council by-election.

    I look forward to a comment proclaiming how this is a good sign and an encouraging step towards the General Election which begins in March.

  • David Blake 3rd Dec '14 - 11:01am

    Maybe it will be the students of Hallam who eventually send him packing.

  • David Blake, that is as it should be.

    Not some shabby excuse making exercise in dodging the consequences of our choices as a party.

  • @David Blake

    “Maybe it will be the students of Hallam who eventually send him packing.”

    ….only then to realise that they have done something very stupid, because the only alternative to tuition fees is higher taxes, which as graduates, they will be ones to pay more of.

    The more intelligent ones will realise that there is no such thing as “free” higher education, only different ways to pay for it.

    Besides, even at the worst point (now) the polls have Nick Clegg winning, albeit with a much reduced majority.

    Maybe his detractors should spend more time coming up with positive ideas about what the Lib Dems can realistically offer voters in future i.e. things we actually have the money for and a positive concrete proposal as to who precisely might lead the party after him.

  • @RC: “Besides, even at the worst point (now) the polls have Nick Clegg winning”

    The “worst point” is not “now” but the seventh of May. Things are not only not bound to get better for the Lib Dems before the elections, but without an abrupt shift in personnel and policy (which would require a miracle) they will necessarily get several degrees worse.

  • Paul in Wokingham 3rd Dec '14 - 3:10pm

    This is a good sign and a encouraging step towards the general election. If we are struggling to get candidates at all or they are getting <5% when they stand then that means that since we are polling 7% nationally that our vote must be highly concentrated in a small number of seats which clearly bodes well for next May. I've also been given the sole agency for the sale of London Bridge…

  • Yorkshire Guidon 3rd Dec '14 - 4:57pm

    The Howdenshire and Willerby & Kirk Ella wards in the East Riding are in the Haltemprice & Howden constituency which not so long ago was a LD target. In fact LDs held all the seats in Willerby & Kirk Ella up until the election before last. That no candidates could be found in either by-election shows how far the activist base has been devastated in the north.

  • Four 4 by elections today I think. AND no Lib Dem candidates.

  • David Evans is right.

  • theakes 4th Dec ’14 – 9:43am
    Four 4 by elections today I think. AND no Lib Dem candidates.

    What can we expect when the message from the leadership is that parliamentary by-elections are not now important?

    This is the Coalition that believes that democratic local councils should be replaced by “Northern Powerhouse Big City Bosses”
    This is the Coalition that brought you the democratic farce of “elected” police commissioners.
    No wonder Clegg is hiding in Penzance.

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