Another Lib Dem win with a big vote increase to kick off the results from the eight by-elections today. Congratulations Adrian England and his team in Dacorum:

Most unusually, up to and including 2011 this ward was a Conservative versus Labour battle, but a 2013 Lib Dem by-election win from third place was followed in 2015 by the ward being split one Lib Dem, one Conservative in the elections. Now it is all Lib Dem.

Just a few minutes after this result, in came another Lib Dem gain from the Tories:

The Lib Dem winner, Dilys Neill, joined the party after the European referendum, making her (I believe) the first post-referendum new member to be elected to public office.

There was also a good solid Lib Dem hold in North Norfolk in what had been a solidly Conservative ward until the Lib Dems gain it for the first time in May 2015 - making this one of the very rare sites of Liberal Democrat progress in that month:

Derby has held its by-election to replace the Conservative councillor convicted of election fraud. Good to see a Lib Dem move back into a good second, in a ward where the party has at its best in the past only got as far up as a bit of a distant second.

There was, at least a Lib Dem candidate in Blackpool. Not so in Lincolnshire.

Cotswold DC, Stow - 29th September 2016

LD Dilys Neill 555 [64.9%; +21.0%]

Conservative 300 [35.1%; -21.0%]

Majority: 255

Turnout: 40.5%

LD gain from Conservatives

Percentage change since 2015

Hythe & Dibden TC, Furzedown Ward - 29th September 2016

LD Mark Clark 210 [62.1%; +10.8%]

Conservative 128 [37.9%; -10.7]

Majority: 82

Turnout: 21.2%

LD hold

Percentage change since 2015

North Norfolk DC, Glaven Valley - 29th September 2016

LD Karen Ward 429 [55.3%; +8.4%]

Conservative 281 [36.2%; +3.8%]

UKIP 32 [4.1%; -6.8%]

Labour 23 [3.0%; -2.8%]

Green 11 [1.4%; -2.5%]

Majority 148

LD hold

Percentage change since 2015

Dacorum BC, Adeyfield West - 29th September 2016

LD Adrian England 520 [49.5%; +24.4%]

Conservative 233 [22.2%; -4.6%]

Labour 166 [15.8%; -8.7%]

UKIP 115 [10.9%; -12.7%]

Green 17 [1.6%; +1.6%]

Majority 287

LD gain from Conservatives

Percentage change since 2015

Derby UA, Allestree - 29th September 2016

Conservative 2006 [54.6%; -6.1%]

LD Deena Smith 1053 [28.7%; +17.2%]

Labour 409 [11.1%; -5.8%]

Green 115 [3.1%; +3.1%]

UKIP 91 [2.5%; -8.5%]

Turnout 956

Conservative hold

Percentage change since 2016

Wellingborough BC, Finedon - 29th September 2016

Conservative 758 [62.3%; +15.5%]

Labour 235 [19.3%; -7.7%]

UKIP 137 [11.3%; -14.9%]

LD John Barnes Wheaver 86 [7.1%; +7.1%]

Majority: 523

Turnout: 35.74%

Conservative hold

Percentage change since 2015

Blackpool UA, Tyldesley - 29th September 2016

Labour 535 [48.3%; +10.0%]

Conservative 297 [26.8%; -2.4%]

UKIP 238 [21.5%; -0.5%]

LD Paul Hindley 37 [3.3%; -2.3%]

[Independent [0.0%; -4.8%]

Majority 241

Turnout 23.25%

Labour hold

Percentage change since 2015

West Lindsey DC, Cherry Willingham - 29th September 2016

Conservative 555 [51.1%; -5.3%]

Labour 288 [26.5%; +5.3%]

UKIP 244 [22.4%; +22.4%]

[LD [0.0%; -22.53%]

Majority 267

Turnout 17.62%

Conservative hold

Percentage change since 2015

Blaenau UA, Brynmawr - 29th September 2016

Independent 1085 [80.1%; +80.1%]

Labour 270 [19.9%; -23.0%]

[Independent [0.0%; -57.1%]]

Majority: 815

Turnout: 35.16%

Independent hold

Percentage change since 2012