ALDC’s by-election report – 7 December 2017

A quieter night this week, with only 2 by-elections held across the country, but still room for a successful night with another gain from the Tories, making it 8 gains in 6 weeks since the start of November.

North Devon DC, Newport – Lib Dem gain from Conservative
LD Caroline Leaver 390 [38.8%; +7.1%]
Con 373 [37.1%; -2.8%]
Grn 159 [15.8%; -12.6%]
Lab 83 [8.3%: +8.3%]
Once again we find ourselves congratulating the team in North Devon as they pick up another seat off the Conservatives with Caroline Leaver the new councillor. Our successes in North Devon have wiped out the Conservatives-led majority on the council and continue the pleasing trend of results in our former strongholds.
Enfield LB, Enfield Highway – Labour hold
Lab 1619 [69.8%; +23.1%]
Con 620 [26.7%; +7.4%]
Grn 79 [3.4%; -6.0%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -17.8%]]
BNP 0 [[0.0%; -6.7%]]
No Lib Dem candidate as Labour comfortably hold this seat in North London. As well as UKIP’s ongoing slide into irrelevance (for the last month they have stood candidates in less than 1 in 4 of the contests, a far worse statistic than the appalling vote shares they’re getting) it is interesting to note that the Greens have fallen in the both the contests here too, something which has been happening pretty consistently since the general election.

Back into double digits with 10 by-elections next week, including the unusual occurrence of 2 on Wednesday. See you all then!

A huge thank you to last night’s brilliant team of volunteers who came to 23 New Mount Street in Manchester to make calls at ALDC’s By-election HQ. It’s always good fun with such a lovely team – if you haven’t been yet please come and join our winning team! ALDC’s by-election support and the grants we offer to by-elections are funded through vital fighting fund donations. If you can help us fight in even more wards, please donate here.

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.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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  • Chris Bertram 9th Dec '17 - 4:40pm

    I agree with Mark that Labour’s leftward swing has indeed picked up many Green “watermelon” (red on the inside) votes. I also deduce that many UKIP votes, which I dub “red UKIP”, are going back home. If they’re assuming that Brexit is a done deal, then Jeremy Corbyn’s highly ambiguous stance on it is clearly not putting them off. The Lib Dem challenge is to come through all of this churn in voting patterns, nobody said that would be easy but we seem to be holding steady, and that is encouraging. The shine will wear off Jezza sooner or later (maybe this has already started), and the Tories’ utter uselessness can’t continue to go unnoticed for ever.

  • nvelope2003 10th Dec '17 - 9:17pm

    The West Country Liberal Democrat vote tends to go Green when the party does something to upset the electors but usually returns in due course – see 1989 and 1992 for example. The Labour vote looks a bit low even for Devon as they did well in the West in June 2017.

  • nvelope2003 12th Dec '17 - 9:49am

    Tim13: I meant that the Green vote fell substantially in 1992 and the Liberal Democrat vote rose – they won North Devon !

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