+++Three stonking by-election gains from the Tories plus whopping vote share increases – “something is happening out there”

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP’s tweet nicely summarises the good news tonight:

Well done and congratulations to all the teams involved!

In detail, there was a stonking gain from the Tories in Teignbridge:

A wonderful gain from the Tories in North Norfolk:

And ANOTHER gain from the Tories in Teignbridge with a whopping 52.4% increase in our vote share:

Here are other results:

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

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in News.


  • Alex has it right. Wow. Just wow.
    Where we actually get out and do the hard work, we can achieve things.

  • Let us keep our feet on the ground.
    Gains were expected Teighbridge x 2 and North Norfolk. We should remember that the North Norfolk ward was I believe Lib Dem for several recent years, whilst the Chudleigh result may not be as good as it seems, compared to the by election we won there in December 2016 we ap[pear to be 9-10% DOWN.
    In my view the results at York and Morecombe, especially the latter. were the most encouraging. The test is breaking out of the 2/3% results in solid Labour areas where we effectively challenged 10/11 years ago.
    Lets be frank we need something huge to happen out there, we have very little available to us on the House of Commons front, where our performance last time was the worst in history. Hopefully we may be moving out of the scenario of 360 lost deposits, and getting that number down to 100 at the most, but there is an awful long way to go.

  • Sue Sutherland 16th Feb '18 - 12:42pm

    Let’s celebrate these great results and then share how they were achieved so we can do the same in other places! I think that’s keeping our feet on the ground but doubt whether Theakes would agree.

  • Chris Bertram 16th Feb '18 - 12:47pm

    Where Chudleigh is concerned, firstly, we still won. Secondly, our candidate was a former Tory councillor (who had been an Independent candidate in between). If you wanted to motivate the local Tories to fight harder than normal, I can’t think of a better way.

  • Paul, we could go on all day but there has never been such an election like it, 650 candidates, half lost their deposit and the vote share per candidate was the worst I can recall. I was one of 70 persons who voted Liberal in Bradford East in 1970 but even with only 300 odd candidates our national share of the vote was just a bit more than we achieved with 650 in 2017, that is the scale of the vote debacle. In 1955 we got 2 million votes with only 130 odd candidates., If the threshold for lost deposits was still at 12.5% how many other lost deposits would there have been.
    We move forward into 2018 but there is an awful long road ahead. Morecambe North is I hope the shape of things that will eventually come. Rhetoric is one thing but balance is another.
    I trust you will publish this one.

  • nvelope2003 16th Feb '18 - 6:14pm

    Theakes: In the 1955 General election the Liberals polled 722,402 ([email protected]) with 110 candidates – in 1951 730,546 (2.5%) 109 candidates, in 1959 1,640,760 (5.9%) 216 candidates, in 1964 3,099,283 (11.2%) 365 candidates. By 1970 it was 7.5% (2,117,035 votes) with 332 candidates. Things were not that good in the past. It was not until the first General Election in 1974 that things started to pick up.

    There were some good local byelection results in January to May last year but in the May local elections the party lost seats compared with the last time they were fought.

  • In1950 the party polled 2,621,487 (9.1% on an 84% turnout) with 475 candidates, most of whom lost their deposits, and got 9 MPs but some of those were not opposed by Conservatives.
    In 1945 the party polled 2,177,938 votes (9% on a 72.8% turnout) with 306 candidates and got 12 seats but several of those did not have Labour candidates N Dorset, North Cornwall and some seats in the North.

    Of couse in those elections many voters had voted for Liberal Governments, some of them had voted for Gladstone, Asquith and Lloyd George and there were many staunch Liberals among the population who were unable to vote for the party because they did not have a local candidate or felt they had to vote for another party as their own party would be most unlikely to win.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

This post has pre moderation enabled, please be patient whilst waiting for it to be manually reviewed. Liberal Democrat Voice is made up of volunteers who keep the site running in their free time.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Raw 12th Dec - 7:19pm
    Well that cheered me up no end as we approach Christmas. As fracking enthusiasts might say, 'The earth certainly moved for me'. It's just the...
  • User AvatarMeher Oliaji 12th Dec - 6:42pm
    Thank you Joseph Bourke for reminding us that the question will be determined by the Electoral Commission, and that it will need to be free...
  • User AvatarGlenn 12th Dec - 6:34pm
    The question will be decided by the sitting government and main opposition parties. Not by pressure from a hard-core of Remainers trying to overturn both...
  • User AvatarDavid Davis 12th Dec - 6:21pm
    'The PM's deal or stay in the EU on the current terms', that's my simple, binary choice. But should it be advisory, like the first...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 12th Dec - 6:03pm
    it's a good question. The government has the privilege of drafting a referendum question and the electoral commision the responsibility of deciding if the question...
  • User AvatarDavid Davis 12th Dec - 5:56pm
    Useful article and comments. I've just posted a similar comment on Facebook when copying Ed Davey's Lib Dem message calling the Tories 'utter hypocrites' for...