ALDC By-election report 7th February 2019

A busy Thursday of six by-elections welcomed campaigners into February, with 1 hold, 1 gain and a 21% swing for the team in Lambeth.


Bradford MB, Bolton & Undercliffe
LD Rachel Sunderland 1733 [51.3%; +9.0%]
Lab 1153 [34.1%; -10.6%]
Con 418 [12.4%; +2.4%]
Green 73 [2.2%; -0.8%]
LD gain from Lab
Percentage change from 2018

We jump straight in at our standout result of the night in the Bolton & Undercliffe by-election. A hard-worked campaign from Rachel Sunderland and the Bradford team saw a fantastic first gain of the year for the Lib Dems and first gain from Labour since October. With a huge increase of 9% of the vote share and a lead of over 500 votes the whole team can be proud. Congratulations on a great result!


Wokingham BC, Evendons
LD Sarah Kerr 1441 [63.1%; +16.3%]

Con 729 [31.9%; -8.8%]
Lab 115 [5.0%; -7.5%]
LD Hold
Percentage change from 2018

Sarah Kerr put on a brilliant showing to hold Evendons seat in Wokingham BC. Not only did Sarah successfully defend the seat, she also increased her vote by a whopping 16.3% leaving her with a majority of over 700 votes! This result is an extremely positive showing for the party and is a great sign in the run up to the elections in May. Well done Sarah and the team for what was a brilliant result.


Lambeth LB, Thornton
Lab 1154 [44.7%; -18.2%]
LD Rebecca Macnair 845 [32.8%; +23.1%]
Green 251 [9.7%; -1.7%]
Con 247 [9.6%; -6.4%]
WEP 46 [1.8%; +1.8%]
UKIP 36 [1.4%; +1.4%]
Lab Hold
Percentage change from 2018

We now head to our first London Borough by-election of the day in Lambeth where Rebecca Macnair put on a great battle to finish an extremely solid second place in the race for Thornton Ward in Lambeth LB. Rebecca and the team campaigned relentlessly to take 32.8% of the vote, a huge increase on 23.1% from the 2018 result. The result saw Labour lose 18.2% of their vote and their majority cut to just over 300. The result lays great foundations for the Lambeth team’s next Thornton by-election!


Buckinghamshire CC, Totteridge & Bowerdean
Lab 978 [40.8%; +15.5%]
Ind 668 [27.8%; -12.1%]
LD Ben Holkham 508 [21.2%; +6.4%]
Con 245 [10.2%; -9.8%]
Lab gain from Ind
Percentage change from 2017

Tower Hamlets LB, Lansbury
Lab 1308 [40.8%; +2.5%]
Aspire 1002 [31.3%; +7.0%]
LD Muhammad Abdul Asad 290 [9.0%;+0.0%]
UKIP 176 [5.5%; +5.5%]
Con 175 [5.5.%; +1.7%]
House Party 89 [2.8%;+2.8%]
[People’s Alliance 0 [0.0%; -11.6%]]
[Ind 0 [0.0%; -3.0%]]
Lab Hold
Percentage change from 2018

Thanks go also to Ben Holkham and Muhammad Abdul Asad for their hard work campaigning and fighting hard for our liberal values.

Next week see’s 1 by-election taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan with no Lib Dem candidate.

Thanks go to Joe Harmer of Cotswold and Cheltenham Lib Dems for reporting our by-elections last night and if you’re interested in helping then please contact us!

If you have a spare hour you can find contact details of who to ring to help out on the forthcoming by-elections section of our website.

Or why not donate to the ALDC Fighting Fund so we can give more grants to local teams to help us win more by-elections.

Good luck to all our standing candidates and see you next week!

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  • marcstevens 8th Feb '19 - 6:41pm

    As I said on the other thread, these are excellent results for the Lib Dems. The one hold and one win speak for themselves but the increase in vote share in almost all the other seats is also very encouraging. Well done to the victorious candidates and all those who stood.

  • According to Election Maps twitter feed, the Lib Dem aggregate share of the vote in 2019 by elections so far is 27% which is more than Tories (20%) and Labour (24%). A good start to 2019!

  • Sean Hyland 8th Feb '19 - 9:10pm

    I only see 5 results. Is 1 delayed or no Lib Dem candidate? Rest make good reading.

  • marcstevens 8th Feb '19 - 9:32pm

    The other seat was Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, where the Lib Dem candidate came 3rd with an increase of 13%. But the candidate has been suspended by the party while allegations of anti-semitism on social media content from a few years back are being investigated.

  • The 6th election was in Shadwell ward in Tower Hamlets. The Lib Dem candidate was suspended by the party on the day of the election due to an alledged anti-Semitic tweet from 5 years ago. The seat was won by the ASPIRE candidate who took the seat of Labour.

  • Winning Labour candidate in Buckinghamshire has also been suspended following arrest earlier in week due to alledged electoral bribery!

  • It is difficult for campaigners from other places to comment on Tower Hamlets elections. But in the other four Labour did spectacularly badly in three. And then there is the Buckinghamshire result which Labour List with commendable honesty described as “a sort of gain” – the victor having been suspended from the party!

  • Sean Hyland 8th Feb '19 - 11:47pm

    Many thanks for the replies -been a bit busy last few weeks and not following latest news etc.

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