Lib Dems GAIN two Council seats in Broxtowe

It was a night of solid progress for the Lib Dems on the by-election front.

In Anna Soubry’s Broxtowe constituency, we regained two Council seats we’d lost in 2015.

And a good solid result from a standing start in North Devon, too.

Thanks to Victoria Nel and her team.

And great to see us standing in North Kesteven and going form zero to almost 9%


Well done to Garry Winterton.

Not a bad night.

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

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  • Lorenzo Cherin 14th Jun '19 - 12:22am

    Brilliant news here, congratulations to all, and especially Tim Hallam, , who I have known some years and is a credit to our party, having also been a credit to our country serving in the services, an engineer.

  • North Devon result interesting with 58.1% combined going to Remain parties but letting the Tory in. Perhaps we shouldn’t have stood against the Green on this occasion?

  • Nonconformistradical 14th Jun '19 - 8:30am

    “Perhaps we shouldn’t have stood against the Green on this occasion?”

    Doesn’t that depend on whether or not our North Devon colleagues had had any fruitful discussions with the Greens locally over possible co-operation?

    Given the hostility expressed towards LibDems by some in the Green Party it seems rash to make such a suggestion unless you have good evidence that it was viable.

  • My personal experience of the Greens is that give them an inch, they take a mile. The Clegg years allowed them to take many of our voters in Devon, an area where we held 4 seats, including Torbay. over the past 18 months we have been reclaiming that lost ground, the momentum is with us and we should fight every seat that comes up in that County.

  • Paul Barker 14th Jun '19 - 1:39pm

    We could be facing a General Election as soon as September & the North Devon result demonstrates clearly that we need some sort of deal with The Greens, at the very least to reduce the occasions where we stand against each other.
    Current Polling puts us around 20% & The Greens around 10%, put those together & we have The New “Alliance” at around 30%, way ahead of The Brexit Party, Labour & The Tories, in that order.
    We have a massive window of opportunity but it won’t stay open for ever.

  • Paul Barker, it’s just not that simple. The story of the Euros and opinion polls is that the Greens are largely picking up disgruntled Labour voters. You cannot assume your average Green voter especially those who have previously voted Labour, will simply come our way in the absence of a Green candidate. At a General Election everyone in North Devon knows that only the LibDems can beat the Conservatives, and after all local elections are just that, local, with people voting for a variety of reasons which may not be the same in a national contest.

  • Very interesting to see that Anna Soibry could not even get a ChangeUK/TIG candidate to stand in her own backyard where there had been a sizable Independent presence previously. They and she obviously have no idea how to organise at any type of election outside of the large existing party structure. We have more difficulty locally from those that leave our local party as they know how to campaign and fight all elections.

  • Paul Barker 15th Jun '19 - 5:52pm

    Its true that The Greens can reach some Labour Voters that we can’t, at least not yet; that is precisely why I want them in alliance with us.
    Perhaps we can do it without allies but having them would raise our chances.

  • John Littler 15th Jun '19 - 6:16pm

    The Greens should be reminded as to the amount of progress made under the coalition via the Public Sector Green bank, the Green Deal, expansion in wind power and other renewables, all fought for against Osborne, bringing the cost down to below coal and quadrupling capacity. All now on hold, flogged off or underfunded because of the Tories since then. The Tories also cancelled a S.Wales tidal scheme that offered near free energy for 100 years after capital outlays.
    It seems to me that the Greens have been wilfully blind here and need reminding often and in public.
    The Greens and Ecology Party before that used to recommend voting Liberal or LibDem if a Green was not standing
    With only 1 MP, but the possibility of winning 2-3 more, the Greens ought to be hungry for help via a Progressive Alliance and from Compass and have more to gain than to lose.

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