Amazing Lib Dem GAIN in Bridlington

News to make you smile a lot! Incredible Lib Dem gain in Bridlington North tonight.

Lib Dem Mike Heslop-Mullens 1308

Cons 815

Yorkshire Party 349

Ind 259

UKIP 196

Lab 135


Change from 2 May

Lib Dem +43%

Cons -44%

Lab -25%

This is an incredible result in an area that voted very strongly to leave the EU.

Hearty congratulations to Mike and the East Riding team.

There was a bit of a Lib Dem surge in the only other council by-election, too.

Well done to our candidate Tricia Hales and her team from Hereford Lib Dems.



* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Ian Patterson 12th Jul '19 - 12:34am

    Labour and Tory votes both imploding? It must be the sea air!

  • Chris Bertram 12th Jul '19 - 9:22am

    Labour didn’t just lose in Bridlington, they finished behind the Yorkshire Party, who are newcomers by anyone’s reckoning, and also behind bl**dy UKIP, who are supposed to be on the road to extinction. And I doubt that Brid has much of a Jewish population to be annoyed with them.

  • Cons have put a leaflet round Brecon telling Con voters vote Brexit let Lib Dems in. Shows a lovely bar chart of the last result. My guess is that it will simply entice more Labour voters to tactically vote Lib Dem. See Ladbrokes have shortened our chances to 1/ 7!!! Perhaps they saw the Bridlington result, believe our candidate there was a local Parish/Town councillor.

  • John Chandler 12th Jul '19 - 11:04am

    Congratulations to everyone involved. Good work!

  • To go from not standing to getting nearly half the Vote, in a deeply conservative Town is pretty impressive.
    I have started trying to estimate our Nation Equivalent Vote share again, early days with only 13 Results over 4 Weeks. So far I estimate we are around 23%, that about 5% up on May 3rd.
    On the other hand I think we can safely say that our Opinion Poll rating has come down a bit, from a plateau of 20% to 19% now, that is 2 Months after our first boost from The Local Elections. Our Polling has held up much better & for much longer than I expected, particularly after Weeks of blanket coverage for The Tories & Labour & total Media silence about us.

  • Bernard Aris 12th Jul '19 - 1:19pm

    And in the first part of Michael Apted’s “7 Up” periodical documentary series (this year called: “63 up”; see ) was a working class, East End born and bred black cab driver, Tony Walker, who told the viewers that after voting Leave in the Referendum, he now was tending towards remain because of the massive disruption the presently dominant Brexit options will bring…

  • Sue Sutherland 12th Jul '19 - 1:35pm

    Great news! A wonderful win and a very good try.

  • Would be good to know what the campaign themes were in this contest. Local outrage over a new housing estate or a new road? How much did we say about Brexit in a strongly Leave town in 2016?

  • The Tories vote share fall of 44% is their largest in any by-election since the 2017 General Election.

    Source Election Maps UK

  • jayne mansfield 12th Jul '19 - 2:59pm

    Any movement away from the sort of politics that have been a feature of Bridlington politics for some time is to be welcomed.

  • Kevin Maher 13th Jul '19 - 7:10pm

    Wasn’t Bridlington one of the last outposts of the continuity SDP. They must have been a very conservative bunch.

  • A complete collapse in support for the big two – great work by the local team for successfully capturing the local mood.

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