Conservatives do badly in last by-election before May 2nd – UPDATED

There was one council by-election yesterday, in the Belle Vue ward for Shropshire Council. This is a long-standing Labour-held ward.

The Liberal Democrats were represented by James McLeod:

Here’s the result:

UPDATE 10:38 26/4/19:

The numbers were:

Labour 603
Liberal Democrats 403
Conservative 152
Green 65

This compares to these past results:

May 2017 result Lab 643 LD 423 C 362 Grn 67
Nov 2015 by-election Lab 546 C 282 LD 240 Grn 75
May 2013 result Lab 939 C 289
June 2009 result Lab 797 C 571 Grn 161 LD 117

Kevin Alcock, who stood as a Conservative candidate in the 2003 Gedling Borough Council elections, has tweeted a thorough analysis of the result (click on “See Kevin Alcock’s other tweets” to see the whole thread:

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Chris Bertram 26th Apr '19 - 9:09am

    Actually it was a *county* council by-election, thought there was a simultaneous town council election in the same area, no idea what the result was there.

  • But what about ourselves, have we moved forward enough to encourage us about next week?

  • TC result:
    GEORGE, Ross Christopher
    The Conservative Party Candidate
    HALLIDAY, Mary Kate
    The Labour Party Candidate
    612 Elected
    LATHAM, David Michael
    commonly known as LATHAM, Dave
    Green Party
    MCLEOD, John James
    commonly known as MCLEOD, James
    Liberal Democrat
    OAKLEY, Robert Donald Ivor commonly known as OAKLEY, Bob

  • I don’t think Labour were going to let this go, the Cllr who resigned (according to Britain Elects) was taking up the post of Labour’s West Midlands organiser, which wouldn’t look good for him starting his new job by losing his old council seat!

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