Council by-elections – 21 November

Three results in so far from last night’s by-elections.

It was disappointing to lose a seat in Chichester. It was a seat that we had held only briefly in a new ward, when we won narrowly in May. Our councillor promptly left us, joined the Greens and resigned from the Council, so the chances are that we were being punished.

Our candidate Alexander Jeffrey and his team had an almost impossible task.

In Aberdeen, the Labour vote dropped like a stone while we advanced slightly and the SNP held on to their seat.

And another rise in vote share in Cardiff.

Thanks to Gregor McAbery in Aberdeen and Will Ogborne in Cardiff and their teams for that advance, especially in the middle of a General Election campaign.

Watch this space for the rest of the results when they are in.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Stephen Harte 22nd Nov '19 - 8:43am

    In Aberdeen, this seat will be fought as a four person ward under STV next time and so, with a bit more growth, we should be in prime position to take the fourth seat. Gregor would make a fine councillor.

  • Interesting result from Cardiff, with a good gain for the Tories, as there is a good mixture of properties, including a large council estate (fairly decent one, BTw) and people. Plaid must despair of their lack of support in the capital and unwillingness of the populace to indulge in speaking Welsh, despite having if foisted upon them by the local parliament. LibDems look a long way from a breakthrough.

  • marcstevens 22nd Nov '19 - 4:24pm

    I am not quite sure what not speaking Welsh has got to do with Plaid or the Tories, you’ll find if you visit Wales most politicians including the conservative councillors are bi-lingual as of course is Jane Dodds. When I lived in Bangor then Carmarthen, I picked up Welsh in everyday conversation, enough to ask for things in shops. It really is a wonderful language to learn and that’s coming from a council tenant as I am myself.

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