ALDC’s by-election report 10 March 2022 – two Lib Dem victories

The Lib Dems are celebrating two resounding victories in Hertfordshire this week. 

On Hertfordshire County Council we held the seat of Hitchin South with a majority of over 1700 votes and a 72% share of the vote. Our vote increased by a massive 34%. Well done to Councillor Keith Hoskins and the local Lib Dem team on a brilliant result:

Hertfordshire County Council, Hitchin South ward
Liberal Democrat (Keith Hoskins): 2401 [71.7%, +34%]
Conservative: 690 [20.6%, -16.3%]
Green: 223 [6.7%, -2.2%]
Christian People’s Alliance: 35 [1%]

The Lib Dems held a further seat in Hitchin – this time Hitchin Highbury on North Hertfordshire District Council – with a fantastic 67% of the vote, a majority of just under 800 and an 18.5% increase in their share of the vote. 

Congratulations to Councillor Raj Bhakar and the team for a brilliant result. 

Well done to everyone in Hitchin on a fantastic night. 

North Hertfordshire District Council, Hitchin Highbury
Liberal Democrats (Raj Bhakar): 1238 [67%, +18.5%]
Conservatives: 450 [24.3%, -3.7%]
Green: 134 [7.2%, -1%]
Christian People’s Alliance: 27 [1.5%, +0.3%]

BBC: Hitchin: Lib Dems hold seats in council by-elections

There were two further by-elections on Thursday night. Neither were contested by the Lib Dems. 

The Green Party gained the seat of Ryhall and Casterton on Rutland City Council. Full result can be found here

Finally on Herefordshire County Council the True Independent Group gained the seat from Bromyard West from the Independent from Herefordshire group. Full result here

You can catch up on all past by-election results on ALDC’s website here.


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

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  • The Herefordshire result feels like something out of The Life of Brian!

  • Kevin Hawkins 12th Mar '22 - 4:53pm

    Another good week for the Liberal Democrats. It is interesting that none of these four seats were contested by Labour. Looking through my database of by-election results I don’t think that has ever happened before.

    One final piece of by-election trivia for you if I may comment rather belatedly on the eight by-elections that were contested a week ago there was a tie in votes between the Conservatives and Lib Dems – 4,353 votes each.

  • Jason Connor 12th Mar '22 - 5:31pm

    Wasn’t there one of these two, Ryhall or Rutland where the Lib Dems came 2nd last time but did not put forward a candidate this time? Disappointing.

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