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Lib Dems gain council seat in David Laws’s constituency

The Press Association reports:

Liberal Democrats gained from Tories in this week’s only reported council by-election amid signs of revival in some areas following the hacking scandal.

Candidate Michael Maxwell won Somerset County Council’s South Petherton division on a big swing.

It is covered by the Yeovil constituency of the party’s former Cabinet minister David Laws.

The result comes after it defied Labour at Warrington last week by winning in a marginal ward where it had lost another seat in May’s main contests.

This suggests that Lib Dems could be benefiting from their lack of high level links to the Murdoch empire.


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Tory councillor defects to Lib Dems in Somerset

Just four months into Somerset being ruled by a Tory administration, and all is not well, as the local paper reports:

A BRIDGWATER county councillor has defected to the LibDems just four months after being elected as a Conservative – slamming the new Tory administration as ‘disastrous’.

Cllr Stephen Gill narrowly fought off Labour leader Pat Parker to gain the Bridgwater South seat in June, but has now crossed over party lines to join the side he helped to oust from County Hall. Explaining his decision to the Mercury, Cllr Gill said the amount of money spent to find a

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Lib Dem not-so-good-news round-up #2

Yes, it’s time for another ‘take out the trash’ posting…

Councillor banned over misconduct (BBC)

A hearing has found the former deputy council leader of Somerset County Council guilty of two counts of breaching codes of conduct. The two-year investigation looked into dozens of complaints about the behaviour of Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Buchanan. …

Speaking after the tribunal Mr Buchanan said he was “very disappointed” at the overall adjudication panel’s findings. He said: “I’m pleased my case that I clearly didn’t seek to intimidate Mr Jones was upheld. I’m disappointed the rest of the charges weren’t dropped and

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“Taunton Conservative Candidate Forced To Apologise For Slurs Following Police Investigation”

From AboutMyArea:

Taunton Conservative Candidate Forced To Apologise For Slurs Following Police Investigation

The Somerset County Council election took a step into the gutter today when Conservative candidate in West Taunton, Nick James, was forced to issue a public apology for personal attacks on his Lib Dem opponent, Alan Paul, and non-political officers of the Council. The apology came after Police had warned the Conservative agent that a last-minute Conservative leaflet was illegal.

Hat-tip: Liberal England

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