By-election results, Thursday 15th June

Frimley Green, Surrey Heath

Great result in Michael Gove’s constituency.

Hilton, South Derbyshire

And another terrific result! This election was deferred from 4th May, following the death of a candidate.

Burrator, West Devon

Hendon, Sunderland

Just 13 votes short!

St Peters, St Albans

And one that we sadly lost.

Now we come to the results where we thank the candidates for standing in difficult circumstances.

Efford and Lipson, Plymouth

Tyisha, Llanelli

Bellshill, North Lanarkshire

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • The South Derbyshire result is remarkable. I believe it was only fought in 2021 when candidate came second from standing start. The area reminds me of Selby and Ainsty and contains the Nestle factory at Hatton.
    It is most important that Selby is a good result for us and we should not divert resources from there to Mid Befordshire where the betting is that Nadine will probably stay until the General.

  • Ian Patterson 16th Jun '23 - 4:31pm

    Any chance of some comment on our mislaying of the Council seat in St Albans on Tuesday?

  • @Ian Patterson – thanks for the nudge. Now added.

  • No-one seems to have picked up on the significance of the Labour gain from SNP in Lanarkshire in terms of an overall majority at Westminster next time. There was a massive pro-Labour swing in what is currently an SNP Westminster constituency. It may indicate many more Labour M.P.’s in Scotland next time (they just have one now – Edinburgh South).

    I’m also afraid the ALDC numbers are incorrect. The correct numbers published by North Lanarkshire Council are set out below. The Lib Dems got 34 votes not 30 (1%.)

    Scottish Labour Party 1,440
    Scottish National Party (SNP) 753
    Scottish Conservative and Unionist 236
    British Unionists – For a Better Britain 120
    Alba Party for Independence 107
    Scottish Greens 44
    Scottish Liberal Democrats 34
    Scottish Family Party: Pro-Life 30
    Freedom Alliance. Stop the Great Reset 7
    UKIP 7

  • Graham Jeffs 17th Jun '23 - 9:18am

    St Alban’s and elsewhere. Indulging the Greens is going to lead to an erosion of our base. We need to have a much more robust response to them. They are not our friends.

  • David Blake 17th Jun '23 - 9:46am

    If Nadine Dorries does stay until the General Election it will be interesting to see if she improves her performance. Since she stood down as a Minister, she hasn’t uttered a single word in the Chamber and has voted in just 10 of 198 divisions,

  • Actually the St Albans result was quite good!
    The Greens got a hold in the ward when the Lib Dems stood down, I think in 2021. In May this year, what just over a month ago, the Greens won much more comfortably and according to my calculations during the past 6 weeks up to Tuesday the Greens percentage fell 4% and ours rose almost 5%.
    Stats can be a strange thing.

  • The South Derbyshire result is the first representation on the council this century.

  • Marek Trelinski 18th Jun '23 - 11:40pm

    South Derbyshire District Council had at least two and possibly three councillors in the 1980s. I know because I was a councillor in neighbouring East Staffs at the time. Unfortunately South Derbyshire has been virtually derelict since the early 1990s so it is really good to see the revival.

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