LIb Dems GAIN in Northampton

Good news from the East Midlands that few really expected tonight. A good GAIN of a Parish Council seat in Burbage along with a District Council GAIN in Westone, Northampton.

A 33% swing! Blimey!

This is the second time representing the seat for new/old Cllr Brian Markham, who originally won the seat 23 years ago and represented the area until 2011. I actually remember that first by-election win back in 1993!

Welcome back, Brian, and well done to all the team!

Elsewhere, so far, the picture is more mixed. We had a 12.6% rise in Tandridge and a 5.1% rise in Lewisham with other areas being a little more mixed with small gains or losses in vote share.

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  • Richard Church 22nd Jul '16 - 12:00am

    I remember that first by-election too, I was out every night campaigning for Brian, but now living far away in Wales. Great to see him back on Northampton Borough Council, a tireless champion for his community. It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around, with the right candidate and the right campaign.

  • Yes, Richard – this is a very cheering result!

  • Paul Holmes 22nd Jul '16 - 1:00pm

    Excellent Northampton result based on traditional and proven campaigning methods.

    The Hinckley and Bosworth result (Burbage Parish Council) was excellent too. The Conservatives won this large Ward with 55% of the vote to the Lib Dems 45% in 2015. The only reason they didn’t take all four seats in 2015 is that they only fielded two candidates. They spent all day yesterday arrogantly boasting to our Tellers about how easily they were going to win but were immediately very subdued at the count as soon as the ballot papers were tipped out onto the counting table.

    Michael Mullaney a usual played a central role in leading by example and inspiring a large team to campaign hard using tried and tested campaign methods and of course Stuart Bray produced his usual outstanding literature. Stuart is undoubtedly one of the very best literature designers in our Party. Michael has been reselected as PPC for Bosworth following his taking the Liberal Democrats from third to second place in 2010 and gaining one of our top 50 UK results in 2015. In three Council by elections since September he has led the team to 2 victories and in the third, in December, we doubled our vote and just missed taking the seat from the Tories by 25 votes.

  • paul barker 22nd Jul '16 - 1:05pm

    I have been looking at all the contests where Libdems stood, either this time or the last time the seat was contested. I then apply the change in our vote share to the Equivalent Vote share for the year the seat was last fought.
    Obviously this generates a range of results, from 9% to 46% so far but the running average soon settled down to around 20%. That suggests that we saw a distinct rise in support after May.
    Since the Leave vote the average has crept up to 22%, suggesting another small rise in our support.

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