ALDC by-election report 7 April 2022

Pre-election fever is in the air but an action-packed night of gains, swings and Town Councils brought us into April with a bang. Although there were nine principal authority elections, we kick off proceedings with all the Town Council results. Here is the tale of the tape.

Amersham Town Council

Chesham and Amersham lives in Lib Dem folk law after a momentous parliamentary By-election victory last year, but could we carry on the victories in Buckinghamshire and pick up another town councillor in the area? After a hard-fought campaign, our candidate, Elizabeth Shepherd won, gaining the seat from the Conservatives and increasing our majority on Amersham Town Council to 9-6. Congratulations to Elizabeth and the whole team.

Liberal Democrat (Elizabeth Shepherd): 401
Conservative: 356
Green: 65
Labour: 25

Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative

 

Chippenham Town Council

The Lib Dems gained another seat at Cepen Park and Hunters Moon ward on Chippenham Town Council. Congratulations to the newly elected Councillor Conor Melvin. Another fantastic Town Council By-election result.

Liberal Democrat (Connor Melvin): 452
Conservative: 341
Green: 139

Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative

 

Weymouth Town Council

The Town Council success didn’t stop there, Tim Young and the team saw the chequered flag for the third Lib Dem victory in one night on Town councils in the Weymouth TC By-election. A valiant effort from Tim and the local party.

Liberal Democrat (Tim Young): 262
Conservative: 174
Labour: 95

Liberal Democrat HOLD

 

Burgess Hill Town Council

Finally then on the Town council front, our candidate Peter Williams was pipped to the post by a mere 33 votes by the Conservative candidate on Burgess Hill Town council. Although a bitter pill to swallow we still have eleven Lib Dems on the council and we can take solace in a fantastic effort by Peter and his team.

Conservative: 270
Liberal Democrat (Peter Williams): 237
Green: 121
Labour: 35

Conservative HOLD

 

Mid Devon District Council

We now come to principal authority By-elections. Getting us back to winning ways was James Buczkowski with a stunning gain from an Independent over at Cullompton South on Mid Devon’s District council. Congratulations James!

Liberal Democrats (James Buczkowski): 318 [47.9%, +26.2%]
Conservative: 279 [42%, +9.3%]
Labour: 67 [10.1%, +10.1]

Liberal Democrat GAIN from Independent

 

East Riding of Yorkshire

The same accolades go to Margaret Corless and the local East Riding of Yorkshire Lib Dem team after a resounding victory and a staggering 41.1% increase in our vote share. A gain from the Conservatives was indeed the cherry on top. Fantastic work Margaret!

Liberal Democrats (Margaret Corless): 1351 [54.7%, +41%]
Conservative: 907 [36.8%, -28.5%]
Labour: 110 [4.5%, -6.8%]
Green: 100 [4.1%, -4.1%]

Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative

 

Liverpool City Council

We turn our gaze to the Liverpool City Council doubleheader. Albeit we came second at the Warbeck ward By-election, Karen Afford increased our vote share by a monumental 38.3% in a Labour heartland. This proves we can take votes from both flanks of the political spectrum. Although not the victory this time around the plaudits go to the Karen Afford and the team for running such a steadfast campaign.

Warbeck ward

Labour: 912 [48.2%, -31.8%]
Liberal Democrat (Karen Afford): 874 [46.2%, +38.3%]
Green: 61 [3.2%, -1.1]
Conservative: 46 [2.4%, -4.1%]

Labour HOLD

Everton ward

Our fortunes at the Everton By-election weren’t comparable to those at the Warbeck election but with six names on the ballot paper, this contest was always going to be a tricky affair for the Lib Dems. Thank you to Steve Fitzsimmons for standing for the Lib Dems this time around.

Labour: 925 [62%, -24.6%]
Green: 362 [24.2%, +20.5%]
Liberal: 84 [5.6%, +3.4%]
Conservative: 51 [3.4%, -1.7%]
TUSC: 46 [3.1%, +3.1%]
Liberal Democrats (Steve Fitzsimmons): 25 [1.7%, -0.6%]

Labour HOLD

 

Other by-elections

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Paul Howard and Pascal Roberts for being our candidates at Brookside and Horsham DC By-elections respectively. Ultimately, the Greens took the seat at Horsham as did Labour over at Brookside.

There were three further by-elections on Thursday night. None of which were contested by the Lib Dems

 

* Paul Heilbron is a Campaigns and Communications Intern at ALDC

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7 Comments

  • Also Sawbridgeworth Town Council where the results where:
    Con 844 (E)
    Con 830 (E)
    Con 832 (E)
    LD (Emma Vandore) 515
    LD (Tim Macy) 480
    Lab 460

    Turnout: 21%

  • Paul Barker 9th Apr '22 - 1:07pm

    We made 2 gains this week & The Greens made 2 gains. We stood in 6 of the 9 seats & The Greens stood in 6 of the 9 seats. Our average vote increase was 13% but The Greens were up 17%. Looking at seat changes since last May, we are up 18 & The Greens are up 17.

    I don’t want to over-egg this point, we will get a lot more seats than The Greens in May but we should be worried.

  • Paul you are correct, we can expect a host of Green gains, they are starting from a virtual nil base so there gain figure will grab the headlines. We already have over 500 from 2018 so could possibly we will fail to match them in ac tual gains. If so they will claim third party status.
    We have to be very savvy dealing with them, standing down so as not to split the vote is not on.

  • Kevin Hawkins 9th Apr '22 - 5:00pm

    @Paul Barker: It can be very misleading looking at one week’s results. The Greens have had a good week, but they are not doing anywhere near as well as us in local by-elections. Out of the last 100 by-elections we have contested 71%, the Greens 54%; we have won 26 seats, they have won 8; we have achieved 24.8% share of the vote (which is ahead of Labour) whereas the Greens have achieved 8.3%.

  • Kevin Hawkins and Paul Barker are both right, in a way. Kevin’s point is more valid, presenting detailed facts to set out the true situation. But Paul is not wrong that the Greens are building up more impressively than perhaps they ever have, and we need to keep an eye on them. We shouldn’t panic, but we shouldn’t ignore the threat either.
    How to respond? Just do what we do best: constant campaigning, community politics, simple clear messaging about why we are the best choice. It seems to me they are adopting these tactics and trying to beat us at our own game. So we just need to be better at it.
    If the Greens are moving on to your patch, remember ALDC can help advise.
    Some terrific results this week though. Well done to all the winners, hard luck in Liverpool and thankyou to the paper candidates.

  • Paul Barker 10th Apr '22 - 2:44pm

    My point is about the changes, obviously we are a lot bigger now but they are catching up.

    What to do ? Two things –
    first, talk about Politics/ideas. I live in an old Labour ward, Labour since forever & now a Green target. I have had two lots of canvassers & six leaflets so far & its all classic Libdem, hard working councillors, dodgy bar charts – the lot. Like many Libdem campaigns there is no mention of politics, policies or ideas. The Greens are making the same mistakes we have often made & should stop making.

    second, we should be very careful about making local deals & where we make them it should be open, Local Parties should tell the Voters what they are doing & tell the National Party/s as well. We need some sort of oversight of what’s happening on the ground.

  • Paul Barker – I agree absolutely with what you say about local Green pacts. I see some of these by elections where the Greens stand and we don’t, and I wonder if our local party has made a pact with the Greens or if they just cant be arsed standing, And I’d like to know which it is.
    Where there is a pact, it should be made clear. I wouldn’t even be averse to putting it on the ballot paper: “Green Party, with Liberal Democrat support” and vice versa. That way voters too would know where they stand.
    And yes I agree also about the party having a national oversight of all local pacts. Not too obtrusive: local parties should be able to decide what to do without any interference. But yes it makes sense to keep track of what’s going on. Maybe the federal party or ALDC could consider this.

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