Lib Dem hold Rokeby and Overslade ward

New councillor Glenda Allanach (third from right) celebrating her win

Lib Dems in Rugby are celebrating after holding Rokeby and Overslade ward in a by-election yesterday.

The winner, Glenda Allanach, was the first black woman to be elected to Rugby Borough Council in 2000. She returns after a fourteen year break with a 56% share of the vote.

Many congratulations to Glenda and the team.

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  • Ian Patterson 23rd Aug '19 - 5:59pm

    A nice result in a place we need to revive in, but caveats apply. With it being held prior to the BH and voters being possibly elsewhere, our vote fall, the tories slightly upticked and Brexit took a cleaver to the Labour vote. Complacency should not set in given our recent good run!

  • If your councillor of a couple of months gives up ( understandable, the reality of a role isn’t always what you think it is) your on a sticky wicket. It seems the Tories put in quite a bit of effort
    Conservatives put a huge amount of resources into this by-election. We received 3 Tory leaflets and 2 personally addressed letters (one from the candidate and one from county councillor). Social media was busy too. In my family all 5 voted LD in May, yesterday = 1. Apathy ruled.ttps://
    The Lib Dems, however, are nowhere here at Warwickshire county council level, where this ward is split between two divisions. New Bilton and Overslade county division, which covers the northern part of this ward, takes its cue from the strongly-Labour New Bilton area and is Labour-held. The south of the ward, on the other hand, is in the Bilton and Hillside county division which is strongly Conservative.

    So this may be a more difficult Lib Dem defence than it looks at first sight,

    Quite a good result for the Lib Dems, a poor one for the Tories and the Brexit Company and a disaster for Labour.

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