One by-election gain and one hold for the Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have two new councillors this morning.

Cllr Liz Withington held the Sheringham North seat in North Norfolk.

And in Wiltshire, a spectacular gain for Cllr Jo Trigg in Trowbridge Lambrok.

Well done to both Liz and Jo and their teams.

In the third and final contest of the night, there was no Liberal Democrat candidate but the Greens took the seat from an independent.

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

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  • Daniel Walker 29th Nov '19 - 8:13am

    Looks like there was no Lib Dem candidate in Wallingford because we stood down in the Greens’ favour:

  • Alex Macfie 29th Nov '19 - 8:17am

    The Sheringham North result bodes well for us in Norman Lamb’s old seat (which the YouGov MRP poll predicts we’ll lose).

  • The remain partnership seems to have worked well for the Lib Dems and Greens. The Tories increased their voted in two out of three and yet another poor night for Labour. The only guide for the General Election is that when the remain parties work together they do well. The Tory vote is fairly strong and Labour are in a mess.

  • @ Alex Macfie “The Sheringham North result bodes well for us in Norman Lamb’s old seat”.

    Transpose the swing in that result and what do you get ?

  • David Raw,

    Have you ever set foot in Sheringham? Have you walked through its streets, been in its shops, eaten in its cafés, spoken with its inhabitants? Do you have a detailed knowledge of its electoral history? Can you tell us what proportion of its inhabitants are in the upper age bracket (compared to, say, Holt and North Walsham)? Can you also tell us how Norman Lamb did in that ward in 2017? What were the box counts? Then once you have done all that, perhaps you can transpose the swing in Wiltshire, and in Wallingford as well, where we effectively had a joint candidate with the Greens?

  • Paul Barker 29th Nov '19 - 3:03pm

    The mostly good news from Yesterday seems to point in the opposite direction to the Polls, further evidence that The Election is playing our very differently in different areas.

  • nvelope2003 29th Nov '19 - 4:21pm

    Sesenco: Yes but the vote for the Lib Dems dropped by 15%, Labour by 2.8% and the vote for the Conservatives increased by 17.8%. Just as well we just managed to hold the seat.

  • Andrew Teale in his weekly preview of up coming byelections said this of Sheringham.

    The May 2019 election confirmed the Lib Dems in office with a large majority (currently 29 seats plus this vacancy, against just six Conservatives and four independents). The Conservatives do, however, still hold the Sheringham seat on Norfolk county council having gained it from the Lib Dems in May 2017.

    So not as simple as a Tory surge from nothing.

  • nvelope2003 29th Nov '19 - 7:41pm

    frankie: I expect that both Sir Norman Lamb and former Councillor Brian Hannah had a strong personal vote. I hope that our candidate can win but it could be a struggle.

  • Extrapolating from one rural district ward by-election to a wider picture is a bit meaningless. If this was a generally tory area where the Lib Dems had one on the back of a well known candidate/councillor 15% swing may not even be that bad. I’ve known wards where a very popular councillor would regularly poll 15%+ above the party support.

  • A straight fight, three candidates and four including a serious independent make general conclusions difficult – apart from noting Labour being in trouble. There is an interesting piece on this by Rallings and Thrasher in First (the LGA councillors’ mag).

  • Gordon King 3rd Dec '19 - 5:04pm

    Jo Trigg’s stunning win in Trowbridge (South West Wiltshire) was brilliantly put together by organiser Josh Charles and a small but dedicated team on the ground and in the airwaves of social media by Chris Hoar and Glyn Coy. Jo personally invested much in her win working hard on the doorstep, daily. Jo’s win takes the LD team on the Wiltshire Unitary Authority to 22 and gives a real boost to Ellen Nicholson’s, GE Campaign in SW Wiltshire.

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