Delighted of Tunbridge Wells: Lib Dems gain from Tories in by-election

The Liberal Democrats have gained a seat from the Conservatives on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in yesterday’s Pembridge by-election, with a swing of more than 13%.

The result in full:

LD Claire Brown 578 (43.3; +2.7)
Con 460 (34.5; -24.9)
UKIP 296 (22.2; +22.2)
Majority 118
Turnout 35.41%
LD gain from Con
Percentage change is since May 2010.

New Liberal Democrat councillor Claire Brown said,

I am delighted and honoured to win this seat in Pembury and serve the village. I am a local mother of three young children who runs my own business. We fought an excellent campaign against the Tories who put up a candidate from outside the village, who was planning to move even further away. This is the start of a comeback for the Lib Dems in Pembury, and kick starts our campaign now for Tunbridge Wells elections in May.

Elsewhere, in the Renfrewshire UA, Paisley South (Ward 5) by-election, Labour gained a seat from the SNP, while Lib Dems dropped from third to fifth place.

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  • Much as I’m glad we have another Lib Dem Councillor, from the figures, it looks on the surface as though the more extreme elements of the Conservatives have bled away to UKIP.

    Still a win though.

  • “Elsewhere, in the Renfrewshire UA, Paisley South (Ward 5) by-election, Labour gained a seat from the SNP, while Lib Dems dropped from third to fifth place.”

    Hang on a minute. The Lib Dems had been third in this four-seater ward previously, which gave them one councillor. The Lib Dem vote in the by-election yesterday was 3.2%.

  • toryboysnevergrowup 18th Mar '11 - 4:50pm

    “with a swing of more than 13%.” but let’s ignore the over 12% swing from the LibDems to the BNP in suits and the result in Paisley – as all is well in LibDem La La land!

  • 1. The LibDem share of the vote went up.
    2. Labour couldn’t even find a candidate.
    3. Whatever you might think of them, UKIP are not the BNP in suits.

  • Patrick Smith 19th Mar '11 - 1:20pm

    Well done Cllr Claire Brown in Pembury Ward Tunbridge Wells.

    Jenni Steele is the L/D candidate in the Bellingham By-Election 24/3 in LB Lewisham?.

    Contact: Alex Feakes [email protected]/0775615133/ or Julia Fletcher/07903004148 to help.

    This Ward can be won for the L/Ds.

  • Philip Young 19th Mar '11 - 8:28pm

    Is that Jenni Steele related to Mike Steele, former Parliamentary Press Secretary in the 1970s?
    Do they want a donation? Any contact info?

  • Richard Underhill.. 9th Mar '21 - 5:59pm

    We used to have all three borough councillors in Pembury and one county councillor.
    So, what have the liberal democrats ever done for for us?
    The Pembury by-pass and the hostel in the Weald

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