Yesterday’s by-elections

Huge congratulations to Ollie Patrick who held on to Parrett in South Somerset with 52% of the vote and to Manuela Perteghella who gained Welford-on-Avon with 43%!

We also stood in Park Farm North in Ashford.

There was also a by-election in Skye but the result hasn’t been declared yet.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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  • To underline how good Ollie Patrick’s result is, in 2015 the Lib Dem candidate (council leader at the time) finished only 4 votes ahead of Tories. The % changes are against the 2019 election when the Tories had a terrible time all across Somerset.

  • I note the Indies did well (Mostly Tory leaning ?) Any chance of wooing them into the fold? or campaigning on what they are doing well on?Is it cos of the Indies that we lost 16% of the vote in Ashford? We need to know why they are doing well to combat or join in the reasons.

  • Chris Bertram 13th Mar '20 - 4:39pm

    Highland UA – Eilean a’Cheò result: 1st prefs – Ind 28.5% SNP 27.3% 21.8% SGrn 11.2% Con 9.8% ND 1.4%. Ind won on stage 5 of the count, with our candidate being the last eliminated on stage 4 and the Independent leading from start to finish, though it was quite close after the Green votes transferred substantially to SNP. However, our votes then transferred mainly to the Independent to give him a clear win. From our PoV a substantial improvement on last time when we were a poor last, and could be good enough for one seat from the next full election. Well done to our team up in the islands.

  • The Ashford by-election was not won by the Ashfield Independents. Jason Zadroszny may be one of the best campaigners the Liberal Democrats have ever had but he has not yet expanded into Kent.

  • Dennis Wake 14th Mar '20 - 4:38pm

    Interesting result from Scotland. Maybe it is time for a review of the party’s support for devolution. There appears to be a lot of evidence of poor administration in the devolved nations and the recent report on the scandalous waste of money in Northern Ireland because neither the First Minister or civil servants could be bothered to study the documents before approving environmental subsidies confirms this, even in an area which had experienced devolution since the 1920s so ought to have developed good procedures. The behaviour of SNP MPs, particularly their leader is abysmal. They seem only interested in point scoring and even the Deputy Speaker seemed exasperated by him. Maybe we should not crow though as the recent approval for spending £2 billion on a tunnel at Stonehenge so that motorists cannot see it without paying has aroused little comment despite little or no money being spent on improving the railway to Waterloo to bring it up to something resembling modern standards and a pittance being given to the remaining local bus services. So much for the environment.
    There has been no money offered for any railway improvements in the South West since the Liberal Democrats lost all their seats. Maybe the local Conservatives all have posh cars !

  • @ Dennis Wake Just out of interest, Dennis, are you based in the South West of England and do you have any experience or expertise in Scottish politics ?

    For example, how does the result correlate with the pre-2015 parliamentary results in this particular area ?

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