ALDC’c by-election report: 4 August 2016

Whilst last night’s results were a mixed bag, with only three Liberal Democrat candidates running across the seven by-elections, we are delighted to announce that one of our candidates, 22-year-old Thomas Sheriff, won his by-election for the Eden District Council. Sheriff won 54.6% of the vote in the Alston Moor ward, compared to just 45.4% for the Conservatives, with two Independents choosing not to stand on this occasion. Sheriff is an active member of the community, responsible for running a local music festival, and he ran his campaign on an opposition to the proposed closure of essential cottage hospitals in the area.

Cllr Thomas Sheriff and Phil Roberts

In East Riding of Yorkshire our candidate Helen Wright gained 4.1% of the vote, with the Liberal Democrats not having previously contested the seat. Whilst we have a long way to go to win this seat, with the victorious Conservatives gaining 917 votes to our 98, it is great to see more seats being contested by Liberal Democrats to maintain loyalty in local elections.

The third by-election we contested was by Andrew England in East Brighton, who finished 5th with 4.5% of the vote. After the count, England said “I’d like to thank everyone who helped with funding, campaigning, leafleting and volunteering their time to support me in this by-election. This is all new to me and whilst I am disappointed in the result, it is encouraging that we are now gaining momentum and moving in the right direction. It has been a steep learning curve but I have enjoyed the experience and look forward to future opportunities to make our liberal voice heard in the city.” England focused his campaign on improving community facilities, promoting tolerance with a pro-immigration platform, and encouraging young people to get involved in politics (who will hopefully be encouraged by Sheriff’s success in Eden!).

There were a further four by-elections last night in which the Liberal Democrats were not on the ballot, in Nottinghamshire, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Rushcliffe and Ashford. Nottinghamshire and Rushcliffe were both held by the Conservative with 44.0% and 54.3% of the vote respectively, whilst UKIP and Labour traded seats, with Labour gaining a seat in Newcastle-Under-Lyme from UKIP and UKIP winning the Ashford by-election from Labour.

Next week we have a lighter Thursday with three by-elections taking place, in Renfrewshire and Worcestershire (both defences by the Conservatives), and North Ayrshire (which the SNP are hoping to hold).

For a detailed list of this week’s results please click here. If you would like more information on all the forthcoming by-elections and details on who to contact to help, click here.

A big thank you as always to those who come every week to 23 New Mount Street in Manchester to make calls at ALDC’s By-election HQ, funded through fighting fund donations. If you can help us fight in even more wards, please donate here.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in News.


  • Ian Patterson 5th Aug '16 - 6:10pm

    feel positively ancient as now nearly 30yrs older than Cllr Sherriff, but that said well done anyhow.

  • Peter Thornton 5th Aug '16 - 11:09pm

    The Conservatives now have a majority of two on Eden District Council. 20 Conservatives, 10 independents and 8 Lib Dems. The next all ups are in 2018 and there must be a decent chance of taking control.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Phil Beesley
    Rafi Baig: "Currently, as you have pointed out, corporation taxes account for ~13% of revenue and it is projected to rise as a proportion of total revenue.. and...
  • Jeff
    John Roffey 10th May '21 - 10:23pm: Are you suggesting that previous discussions on LDV of a general nature, or even of a specific issue, prohibit fu...
  • Martin
    Joe Bourke: Part of what I mean is the attitude of Ireland which is more or less: 'please let Northern Ireland be part of the Republic, but not yet'. Much o...
  • Joe Bourke
    Martin, you write "the question of how NI can detach itself from England is more important than when" As part of the Good Friday Agreement, an explicit pr...
  • Phil Beesley
    The Green results are worrying. I mostly like Greens, but some of them are not very liberal....