More by-election news

Well done and thank you to Andrew Matthews, who stood for the party in the Royal Wooton Bassett Town Council (North ward) by-election yesterday. This ward was last contested at the main elections in 2017 when the Tories took four of the seats and we took three. A vacancy occured in one ofthe Conservative-held seats, causing the by-election. The result was:

Thank you and well done also to Martin Jones who stood for us in the by-election for Spennymoor Town Council. The result was an extraordinary win for the Conservatives, who didn’t stand for this council in the last main set of elections in 2017 and the two by-elections since:

Alas, we did not stand in the one principal authority election on Thursday, in Warrington, where the result was:

We’re still waiting for the Seaford Town Council result. Let us know below if you hear it before us.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • This site is in danger of becoming a parody.

    Last week less than a fifth of the vote in a local by-election got an article to spread the good news. This week it’s second place in a town (aka Parish) Council by-election.

  • David Becket 8th Feb '20 - 2:18pm

    I would agree. When You Gov has back down at 8% congratulating ourselves on second place in a parish election is just the over optimistic culture that is partly responsible for the mess we are in.

  • Paul Barker 8th Feb '20 - 3:56pm

    We have seen 6 Polls since the Election, if you are going to quote one then you should include the other 5.
    There have been one at 8%, one at 9%, two at 10% & two at 11%. The average is 10% which compares with a low of 6% (average) after the 2017 Election. An increase of 4% is not a disaster, just a dissapointment because we hoped for more.

  • nvelope2003 8th Feb '20 - 3:59pm

    They did win 2 Town Council seats in Andover. The Liberal Democrats are like the US Democrats. They have lost their way and are without vision or sense of purpose so they resort to pointless tactics like impeachments in the US and gestures without meaning here. People enthuse over policies which were out of date 20 years ago and want to keep the EU debate going when the electorate have rejected continued membership 3 times, at least in our flawed electoral system. There is a change of attitude abroad and unless we accept that the party is finished like it was in the 1950s until some one came along and offered a new vision. There are too many people wedded to things like education policies which they do not believe in themselves but think it is good for those mysterious other people who, not surprisingly, despise them for it.

  • The party had a chance to push ahead after the European Elections but blew it with such a weak General Election campaign. The future looks bleak ..the mainstream media is completely ignoring the party and with Ed Davey a big favourite to be new leader the party will face continued push back from ex voters who can’t forgive the cruelty of the Coalition years. The party has to elect a new leader who is not stained by the Coalition.

  • Nvelope2003 8th Feb '20 - 8:33pm

    And who would that leader be?

  • Nvelope2003 8th Feb '20 - 8:46pm

    With the next election not due until 2024 who knows what the issues will be?

  • marcstevens 9th Feb '20 - 11:18am

    The party did well in the local elections so got something right. It was doing better under Vince Cable and probably would have had a better general election result had he stayed on with a new leader being elected afterwards. I think constructive criticism of the party is valid but it least give them some credit when they do well against the odds as you only seem to ever come on here with negativity. The leadership campaign hasn’t even started yet so for social liberals against orange bookerism there is all to play for and we have some excellent candidates in MPs like Wera Hobhouse. The tabloid media is mainly tory dominated anyway so it’s hardly surprising other parties hardly get a look in.

  • Ian Patterson 9th Feb '20 - 3:07pm

    Pace above- a Tory recently gained a Town Council seat in Spennymoor, Co Durham. We were second.

  • The Seafood Town Council result appears to be on this page

    With the Tory winning and Lib Dem second just ahead of the Green Party candidate.

  • Innocent Bystander 10th Feb '20 - 5:13am

    I believe the fruits de mer party won.

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