Two Lib Dems break through onto Andover Town Council

Many congratulations to Luigi Gregori and Robin Hughes on being elected to Andover Town Council to represent the Harroway ward.

Up until today the town councillors have represented the Andover Independents Party and the Andover Alliance, with two independent members. So, Luigi and Robin are the first Lib Dems since the last main set of elections in 2019 at least.

The by-election vote yesterday was held because two previous councillors left the council in November having failed to attend a single meeting in the six months since the last election.

Here is the result:

And here, for comparison, is the last result for Harroway ward in May 2019:

We’ll be covering the other results from last night later in the day.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is currently taking a break from his role as one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Sad we did not contest Warfrington b y election, had 15% potential last time.

  • Good to see people taking on Independents of whatever flavour. This is a time not just for standing up for Liberalism and Anti-authoritarianism but also for proudly defending party politics and the serious accountability that comes with the latter.

  • It is good to see a Lib Dem presence in Andover once again. Andover is an overspill town with military connections. It is not at all like Winchester or Newbury. There tends to be a great deal of snobbery about Andover in the surrounding villages. It is not seen by some as a “nice” place. This is similar to the sniffiness towards Stroud one finds in the Cotswolds. There were Lib Dem councillors in Andover back in the 1980s, but the presence fizzled out. The Labour Party has always been weak locally. Andover independents of various shades have been around for a while. They are usually right-wingers.

  • Paul Bennett 8th Feb '20 - 9:43am

    Strange that Harroway Ward has 3 councillors with a smaller electorate. Well done both.

  • Great to see Robin Hughes back – a long-term stalwart of Andover LibDems (former District and County Councillor). Good to see Luigi’s work rewarded as well. Andover has always been a bit strange politically – in the early 60s it had a large contingent of Anti-Fluoridation councillors. The Andover Alliance, which pretty much swept the board in 2018, soon fragmented – hence Andover Independents as well.

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