ALDC’s by-election report – 15 September 2016

Cllr David Hancock and teamLast night saw six principal council by-elections held across the country and there were some fantastic results for the Lib Dems!

David Hancock and the team in Tupton ward in North East Derbyshire stormed to victory in a Labour stronghold with a 37.4% share of the vote. The team in Tupton worked incredibly hard on the ground to push Labour’s share of the vote down 33.9% (a decrease of 33.2%) following the resignation of a local Labour councillor.  The Conservatives came in third with 19.3% (-13.6%). Huge congratulations go to Cllr Hancock and everyone involved in the campaign – it really does show how hard work and determination in by-elections can pay off.

In Bishop’s Castle (Shropshire) candidate Jonny Keeley held the Lib Dem seat following the resignation of Charlotte Barnes. Jonny and the team ran a strong grassroots local campaign with extensive door knocking in the ward.  They comfortably held the seat with a 61% share of the vote, keeping the Tories in second place with 29.7% share of the vote.

Elsewhere in the country Blakelaw ward (Newcastle CC) saw candidate Ciaran Morrissey come in second place with 27.3%, increasing the Lib Dem share of the vote by +18.2%. Although Labour held the ward, their vote dropped by -21.3%.

Candidate Sara Mihajlovic stood in Puckeridge, East Hertfordshire. Sara came in third (18.0%; +18.0), narrowly missing out on second behind UKIP by just 4 votes.  The Conservatives held the ward but their vote dropped significantly to 42.9% (-24.6%).

A Labour defence in Castle ward (Carlisle) unfortunately saw Labour hold the seat, but Lib Dem candidate Alison Hobson increased the Lib Dem vote share to 10.3% (+2.1).

Hackney’s Mayoral election unsurprisingly saw a Labour hold but Lib Dem candidate Dave Raval came in fourth, giving 1818 people the chance to vote Liberal Democrat.

A huge thank you to all the candidates and campaigners who have worked so hard this week!

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

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  • paul barker 16th Sep '16 - 9:36pm

    Perhaps the best thing was that we stood in all the seats, including 2 we didnt stand in last time.

  • hear hear to Pauls comment

  • Paul Holmes 17th Sep '16 - 2:30pm

    I agree that putting up a full slate of candidates and seeing general vote increases on Thursday was important.

    But much more important was winning.

    I note the comment about extensive door knocking where we held the seat in Bishops Castle. In Tupton every door was knocked on and seven pieces of literature delivered to every house in 4 weeks. Tried and tested Campaign methods still work!

  • Chris Nelson 17th Sep '16 - 5:35pm

    You forgot the Lib Dem gain on Burton Latimer Town Council in Kettering constituency!

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