Great hold in Durham with increased vote share

I’m on by-election duty for ALDC tonight. And the first result of the night’s six by-elections was a cracker.

Nicely done, Bev. Congratulations to you and your team.

And in Southend on Sea, there was an advance of nearly 10% for Carol White:

And great to be standing a candidate in Thurroci:

There were two by-elections with no Lib Dem candidate.

Here’s the first result.

And the second:

One more to come – Dalgarno ward in Kensington and Chelsea where Alexandra Tatton-Brown is flying the Lib Dem flag.

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

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  • Ian Patterson 22nd Mar '19 - 12:08am

    I was went to assist, with others, our Durham friends in 2017 in Esh Witton Gilbert. Mostly x pit villages plus post war build. A joy to see a further Lab vote fall. In Durham. After this week. And Lab losing elsewhere.

  • Suzanne Fletcher 22nd Mar '19 - 12:13am

    A real team effort from what I hear with a great team leader in Craig Martin

  • Stonking result in Durham – congrats to the team there. I thought we might see a fall in vote share given that we had increased our vote by 22% last time in 2017. It’s an increase of 30% since 2013 – almost doubling our vote.

    Also an increase in our vote of around 4% in the final by-election of the night in Delgarno ward in Kensington and Chelsea.

    There does seem to be a very clear trend of Lib Dem at the moment of a Lib Dem increase in vote and Labour and Tory decrease in virtually every by-election.

    As a guesstimate I would say that puts us on course for a vote share above 20% in the locals in May – equivalent to around a 14% opinion poll rating (we are about 6% less in opinion polls than our local vote share).

    The Tories now have a NET satisfaction rating of -75 only marginal better than -78 Major had in ’94 after Black Wednesday and “cash for questions”.

  • Witton Gilbert, was one of our best Durham wards in the 80’s, well remember canvassing there. Some small signs of getting off the bottom 3-5% becoming 10%+ in recent weeks.

  • Sue Sutherland 22nd Mar '19 - 2:26pm

    Our Councillors in this Durham ward are obviously doing a great job in a deprived area. How can we learn from them so that we can increase our representation in more areas like this? Can ALDC share this information?

  • I can assure Sue Sutherland that the City of Durham is far from a depriived area.

  • Sue Sutherland 22nd Mar '19 - 10:27pm

    Apologies to the candidate if I made the wrong conclusion from Ian Patterson’s description of the ward as being mostly ex pit villages. I’m still hoping for us to try and make a difference to people who are struggling and hoped we were here.

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