By-election update: Pipped to the post

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This was a quiet week for by-elections. There was just one Council by-election in Wroxham (Broadland DC). The Liberal Democrats were piped to the post by just fourteen votes in the ‘Capital of the Norfolk Broads’. The Conservative candidate emerged victorious with 400 votes (45%) to take the seat from the Liberal Democrats. Malcolm Springall, the Liberal Democrat candidate, received 386 votes (43.4%) and Labour came third with 11.6%. This result is especially disappointing for the Liberal Democrats as they managed to win a by-election in the ward in March with a 141 majority.

Thursday also saw the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner by-election following the death of the Labour PCC in July. Labour retained the Commissioner with 50.8% of the first preference votes. The by-election however has been marred by the record low turnout of just 10.32% (the lowest turnout recorded for a PCC election). In Coventry just 9.54% of voters went to cast their vote. Ayoub Khan stood again for the Liberal Democrats and his vote share remained stable at 6.5%.

There is just one council by-election next week. In North Jesmond (Newcastle CC) the Liberal Democrats are defending a seat after the sitting councillor moved away for work reasons. If you’re able to help email [email protected] or [email protected]

For all the detailed results see ALDC elections.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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2 Comments

  • Nick Collins 23rd Aug '14 - 5:34pm

    Another derisory result for the concept of directly elected PCCs; one of many of this government’s so-called “reforms” which the public did not want and does not support.

  • David Evans 26th Aug '14 - 3:48pm

    Another disasterous result, worryingly showing how the deterioration in our support in the Euros has embeddeded itself in other elections. Nick has a lot to answer for. He has to go and go now. After May it will be too late.

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