ALDC By-Election Report, 7th December

The Lib Dems continued our fantastic end to the year with 3 more principal council by-election wins this week. A total of 5 principal by-elections were contested.

All 3 wins came in the East of England. We start on Hertfordshire County Council and a stunning result in Harpenden Rural ward which newly elected Lib Dem councillor Allison Wren gained from the Conservatives with a 33% increase in share of the vote (and over 58% of the vote overall). This gain puts the Lib Dems on 24 net gains in council by-elections this year. Triple that of the Green Party in second place!

Congratulations to Cllr Wren and Hertfordshire Lib Dems on a brilliant win.

Hertfordshire CC, Harpenden Rural
Liberal Democrats (Allison Wren): 1474 (58.3%, +33%)
Conservative: 766 (30.3%, -26.8%)
Labour: 168 (6.6%, -4.1%)
Green Party: 119 (4.7%, -2.2%)

On St Albans DC we also held Sandridge and Wheathampstead ward with over 55% of the vote and 7% vote-share increase on last time. Congratulations to Cllr Simon Johns and the team in St Albans on a great win.

St Albans DC, Sandridge and Wheathampstead
Liberal Democrats (Simon Johns): 793 (55.9%,+7.1%)
Conservative: 480 (33.8%, -4.8%)
Green Party: 78 (5.5%, -1.2%)
Labour: 68 (4.8%, -1.2%)

Our other win of the night came on North Norfolk DC in Briston ward. Congratulations to Cllr Andrew Fletcher and the local team who held the ward for the Lib Dems with just shy of 50% of the total vote.

North Norfolk DC, Briston
Liberal Democrats (Andrew Fletcher): 342 (49%, -2.5%)
Conservative: 274 (39%, -1.5%)
Green Party: 64 (9%, new)
Labour: 15 (2%, -5.9%)

On Bromley LBC we contested Hayes and Coney Hall ward. Thank you to Tudor Griffiths for standing for the Lib Dems here and increasing the Lib Dem vote share in getting over 500 votes.

Bromley LBC, Hayes and Coney Hall
Conservative: 1541 (48%, +5.2%)
Labour: 962 (30%, +3.8%)
Liberal Democrats (Tudor Griffiths): 526 (16.4%, +1.9%)
Green Party: 183 (5.7%, -10.9%)

The final by-election this week came in Wales on Denbighshire CC in Rhyl South West ward. There was no Lib Dem candidate in this election and Labour held the ward.

Denbighshire CC, Rhyl South West
Labour: 236 (51.4%, -12.5%)
Independent: 153 (33.2%, +18.5%)
Conservative: 71 (15.4%, -14.3%)

A full summary of all results can be found on the ALDC by-elections page here.

* Charles Quinn is Campaigns Organiser for ALDC and a local councillor in Hull.

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  • No mention of the first Lib Dems elected to Buckinghamshire, Gerrards Cross Town Council?

    This is an important area moving into Chesham & Amersham at the election.

    Council now: 9 Con 3 Lib Dem following by-elections on 7 Dec.


    Con: 331, 290, 274
    Lib Dem: 258, 236
    Ind: 147

    Con hold x3


    Lib Dem: 359, 354
    Ind: 327
    Con: 278, 259

    Lib Dem gain from Con x2


    Lib Dem: 105
    Con: 103

    Lib Dem gain from Con x1

  • Good to see the decline in the Green vote in most of these by-elections presumably as a result of an effective squeeze message. I expect their wooing of the Corbynite left will cost them dear.

  • Mick Taylor 9th Dec '23 - 2:50pm

    We used to hold Hayes and Keston when my dad was a councillor, so much improvement needed.

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