By-election round-up – terrific Lib Dem gains

Three excellent results for us today.

Surrey Heath

Huge congratulations to Liz Noble for a stonking win, in Michael Gove’s constituency.


And another superb result for us in a Tory area. Congratulations to Paula Spenceley.

The previous Independent councillor was disqualified because of his behaviour.


We also took a seat from Labour in Briars ward on Hatfield Town Council.

Congratulations to Helena Goldwater!


A marginal increase for us.


One where we did not stand.


* 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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  • Kevin Hawkins 15th Apr '22 - 12:08pm

    Here’s the longer term view for the last fifty local by-elections.

    Vote share: (The equivalent data for the fifty by-elections up to the end of March is given in brackets).
    Conservatives 34.1% (37.2%)
    Liberal Democrats 28.3% (28.9%)
    Labour 19.7% (19.0%)
    Greens 8.5% (6.1%)
    Others 9.4% (8.8%)

    Gains and losses are:
    Lib Dems: Net gain of six: 7 gains, 8 held, 1 lost
    Labour: Net gain of four: 5 gains, 7 held, 1 lost
    Greens: Net gain of three: 3 gains, 1 held, 0 lost
    UKIP: Net loss of one: 0 gains, 0 held, 1 lost
    Conservatives: Net loss of six: 4 gains, 12 held, 10 lost
    Independents: Net loss of six: 0 gains, 3 held, 6 lost

    Conservatives won 16 seats, Liberal Democrats 15, Labour 12, Green 4, Independents 3

    This data is for the most recent 50 by-elections in England & Wales (10th February to 14th April). Parish/Town councils are not included.

  • Thanks, Kevin – great stats

  • John McHugo 16th Apr '22 - 2:35pm

    I note from Mark Pack’s blog that the Surrey Heath gain means the Conservatives have now lost their majority on Surrey Heath Council. The Lib Dems are in second place, and there are also independents, two Greens and one Labour councillors. But does this mean there is any realistic hope for us there at the next general election? I would love to see Michael Gove lose his sheet, but I suspect it’s a very long shot.

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