By-election update: Near miss in Cambs, clean sweep in Abbots Langley

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Two principal council by-elections were held last Thursday. The Lib Dems in Cambridgeshire (CC) narrowly missed out on holding their seat in Romsey ward, falling 47 votes short of Labour. LD candidate Nichola Martin polled 35.2%, a decrease of 12.7% from the ward’s last election two years ago.

The contest in South Kesteven (DC), which saw three seats up in a deferred contest, resulted in three holds as two Independents and one Conservative won election, mirroring the 2011 result. Adam Brookes received 7.7% of votes cast in finishing fifth out of eight candidates, with the party not standing a candidate four years ago.

Elsewhere, Lib Dems picked up six seats in town and parish councils. The party won all five of the seats up in a deferred election in Abbots Langley and Bedmond ward on Abbots Langley Parish council. The Lib Dem team control the council, now holding 13 of the 15 seats. In Falmouth (TC), Mathew McCarthy won the by-election in Penwerris ward in a gain from the independents, becoming the second Lib Dem on the Town Council.

There are three principal council by-elections scheduled for this week, with the Conservative defending all three seats. In Cardiff (UA), the Conservatives will be defending their seat in Pentyrch ward, following the resignation of new Cardiff North MP Craig Williams. Cadan ap Tomos will be standing for the Lib Dems. Geraldine Locke is the LD candidate in Hampton Wick ward in Richmond-on-Thames (LB) with no Lib Dem candidate being fielded in the Grantham Barrowby ward election in Lincolnshire (CC).

For all the detailed results see ALDC elections.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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  • May we read why no Lib Dem candidate is being fielded in the Grantham Barrowby ward election in Lincolnshire (CC).

  • paul barker 30th Jun '15 - 4:05pm

    I had a quick look at all the byelections since May 7th & the average decline in our vote since last year is around 2%, the same as our fall in the Polls. Its way too soon to say if theres any recovery yet, what we need to see are byelections last fought on May 7th or later.

  • Sammy O'Neill 1st Jul '15 - 2:37am

    Vote still in decline then. Amazing that we’re at the point of viewing parish council results as even remotely important. Fact is the national party is inherently toxic to local party efforts. Those that succeed do so in spite of the national party, not because (or with its help) of it. Do either of our leadership candidates have the ability/skills/lack of involvement in the coalition to detoxify the party? Nope. I’ll be amazed if we hold our seats on the London Assembly next year, suspect we may find ourselves seatless or perhaps down to one on the Welsh Assembly as well as dangerously close to losing the lot in Scotland too. If we manage to place 5th or higher in the London mayoral election I will be surprised. Currently I think we’re looking at 6th or 7th. The rot needs stopping quickly, but it seems there’s little realisation of that.

  • Zoe O'connell 1st Jul '15 - 8:23am

    Romsey, Cambridge was a swing to us compared to May 2015 of +4.9% – we have local elections every year. 2013 was the last county election, but with a very popular incumbent it was our best result since 2004, so a comparison with it is misleading.

  • Sammy,

    Tim Farron even managed to get a win in the Euro elections in his constituency. Don’t you think he might be able to “detoxify” our local government results?

    Thankyou Zoe for providing some local context on the Romsey result! Exactly the comparison Paul Barker was asking for

  • Tsar Nicholas 1st Jul '15 - 9:39am

    By-election held yesterday (Tuesday) in Pentyrch ward of Cardiff City Council

    Gavin Hill (Con) 561(-14%),

    Hywel Wigley (Plaid) 543 (+27% ),
    Paul Fisher (Lab),234 (-12%).

    Munawar Mughal (Ind), 24

    Ruth Osner (Green), 22

    Cadan ap Tomos (Lib Dem), 4

  • Sammy O'Neill 1st Jul '15 - 3:31pm


    No Lib Dem seats were secured in the North West constituency in the last European Election. There was no win. Even if there had been a win, I don’t see why Tim Farron suddenly gets all the credit. It’s almost as if some people on here worship him. It’s bizarre. (and no, I don’t think he’ll be able to detoxify anything)

    @Tsar Nicholas

    Poor Cadan, but fair credit to them for putting themselves out there even though that will no doubt have been a pretty painful momentt.

  • Peter Galton 1st Jul '15 - 5:41pm

    Do not think that its going to be easy, we will come back but its going to take some time. Just get out there campaigning. However we need to be realistic on what we can and not do in our areas. I have been able to part pay for our focus, but not all of us can. I have spoken to some very nice residents who seem to be pleased that I am doing something and that we are not giving up.

  • Tsar Nicholas 1st Jul '15 - 6:15pm

    Just a slight correction – Cadan’s vote was 10, not 4, according to Cardiff council’s website.

  • Sammy,
    Tim’s constituency was the only place in the entire country where the Lib Dems topped the Euro poll. Of course it is relatively rare for a constituency to map onto a Euro polling district as it does in Westmorland and Lonsdale, and there may perhaps have been some other localities where we did as well..Unfortunately it was only a small part of the region.

    Perhaps you have some other explanation for why 34% of the electorate voted Lib Dem in the Euro elections in South Lakeland?

    The next best were Stockport with 15% and Burnley with 14%. South lakeland also had by far the highest turnout in the region

    I certainly don’t worship Tim Farron, but the evidence is that where he is able to interact with the electorate they vote Liberal Democrat in much larger numbers than where he does not. He certainly does not seem to be “toxic” at any rate!

    I will be interested to see the evidence for your point of view…

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