Full results from last night’s by-elections

There were four seats up for grabs in Brent, two of them in one ward – Barnhill.

Well done to all our candidates, Anton Georgiou, Jyotshna Patel, Michael Brooke and Larry Ngan and their teams who worked so hard in the run-up to yesterday.

Here are the results from the Brent Council website:

Here are the percentage vote changes from Britain Elects:

Well done to Dave Munday on a good showing at the St Just Town Council by-election in Cornwall, just narrowly short of winning. Here is the result in St Just, from the Cornwall Council website:

There was no Lib Dem candidate at the Mid Galloway and Wigtown by-election (Dumfries and Galloway council). The result was as follows:

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

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  • Ian Patterson 24th Jan '20 - 12:20pm

    The Tories came mightly close in Barnhill. Can our Brent colleagues explain please?

  • Paul Barker 24th Jan '20 - 3:37pm

    @Ian Patterson
    The Tories have been going for Hindu Voters nationally, linking themselves to the current (very Right Wing) Indian Government. Most of these Wards are about half Hindu.

  • Steve Comer 24th Jan '20 - 4:40pm

    How come Brent had 3 by-elections yesterday?

  • George Burn 27th Jan '20 - 9:01pm

    Apologies for answering late, but to give a bit of context to the four Brent seats that were contested:

    1. The Brent LibDems focused their efforts on Alperton. This involved a huge amount of leafleting and canvassing from local members, in support of an excellent candidate, Anton Georgiou and also included very supportive visits from Ed Davey, Siobhan Benita and Vince Cable. Targeting that seat was the right tactic in order to get the party back on Brent Council, an authority we ran not so long ago but which is now dominated by Labour. Alperton is our stepping stone to better things.

    2. Brent as a whole is incredibly diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion. Each of the three contested wards has a very substantial Asian population, but it would be misleading to just say they are all rightwing-leaning, BJP-sympathising Hindu nationalists. Yes, Alperton and Wembley Central have substantial Hindu populations, but they are still diverse areas. Alperton also has a large Hindu population but also has a large Muslim Asian population. In short, we couldn’t have won without getting plenty of support from both Hindu and non-Hindu groups in the local area, so that one factor doesn’t explain everything. Also, Barnhill is a bit different in terms of ethnicity and class make-up, having Jewish and UK white groups.

    3. We were assisted in Alperton by the Labour candidate being suspended midway through the campaign for having posted some pretty outrageous and racist/Islamophobic tweets.

    Bottom line, the outcome in Brent was excellent. We overturned a substantial Labour majority in the seat we targeted and have a foothold to use for the future. Anton will be an excellent councillor for the people of Alperton, and we can use his good work to demonstrate why it makes sense to vote LibDem.

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