Lib Dem hold Council seat in East Devon

Electoral law takes no account of the Beast from the East. Once an election is set, it goes ahead regardless. Returning Officers have no discretion to alter the timetable.

So, yesterday in East Devon, the Lib Dems quietly held a Council seat despite a strong challenge from an Independent.

Well done to Tim Dumper and the team. I hope they have thawed out.

Other by-elections took place in Clackmannanshire, Basingstoke and Solihull and we had candidates in all of them. This post will be updated with the results when they are known.

Update: A respectable 10% from a standing start.

And an increase in vote share in Basingstoke.

The SNP held Clackmannanshire Council – but we did have a candidate.

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

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  • 12.4% turnout, probably all postal!!!

  • Nick Collins 2nd Mar '18 - 10:49am

    Spare a thought for the polling station officers. I hope they had the means to keep warm and something to read.

  • There really ought to be some sensible way of postponing a by election for reasons of extreme poor weather, or an act of terrorism or something. Assuming all the candidates agree. I know it costs money, but it wouldn’t happen very often.

  • Paul Kennedy 2nd Mar '18 - 1:15pm

    These double elections are a useful controlled environment to test the effect of changing one variable. In this case an independent candidate whose impact seems to have been as follows:

    LD -65
    Gn -81
    Con -14
    Lab +10
    NV -26

    Shows how a strong independent can hurt us (by a quarter) but even more so the Greens (more than half). Whereas the tribal Conservatives and Labour voters were hardly affected. Labour is interesting as their vote actually went up. Which kind of makes sense as they had a better chance of winning with the Independent candidate than without. But it may just be that they had a stronger candidate for the DC election.

  • Tim,
    Well done on holding the seat. My son lived in the ward (Victoria Road) when at Uni 10 years ago – now sadly closed and transferred to Plymouth in an appalling decision – and he voted for the LDs in Exmouth.
    Good to see you can still win after the University moved out.

  • Andrew Toye 5th Mar '18 - 12:23pm

    Congratulations to both Tim and Alex – but never underestimate the independent candidates! Something we are still trying to fathom out from the general election in East Devon. But as far as local elections are concerned, we’re on the way back!

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