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ALDC’s by-election report: 31 March 2016

April 2, 2016 1:16 PM
In ALDC
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

Ballot BoxFive principal council by-elections took place on Thursday. In Craven (DC), an Independent candidate made a gain from the Conservatives in Embsay with Eastby ward. In a head-to-head contest with the Conservatives, the Independent polled 79.9% in what was the fourth by-election loss for the Tories in March.

There was also success for the Richmondshire Independents in the Richmond Central by-election in Richmondshire (DC). The Independents made a gain from the local Liberal Democrats in receiving 35% of the vote to finish 31 votes ahead of Lib Dem candidate Philip Knowles.

Elsewhere, the SNP collected 49.5% of the first preference votes in securing a hold in Maryfield ward in Dundee (UA). Christopher McIntyre came in fifth place for the Liberal Democrats with 3% of the first preferences. There was also a comfortable hold for Labour in Caerphilly (UA) as they polled 55.7% in Moriah ward.

In Essex (CC), the Holland-on-Sea Residents Association gained a seat from Tendring First in Clacton East division with an 820 vote majority.

Three principal council contests will be taking place next week. Matthew Kidner and George Hayton will be the Liberal Democrat candidates in by-elections in Caerphilly and Perth & Kinross (UA). Elsewhere, the Conservatives will be defending a seat in East Yorkshire (UA), with no Lib Dem candidate standing.

Richmondshire DC, Richmond Central- 31st March 2016

Richmondshire Independents 236 [35%; +35%]
LD Philip Knowles 205 [30.4%; -18.3%]
Conservative 156 [23.1%; -6.6%]
Green 77 [11.4%; -10.1%]
Majority: 31
Richmondshire Independent gain from LD
Percentage change since 2015

Dundee UA, Maryfield- 31st March 2016

Listed below are the first preference votes:

SNP 1,383 [49.5%; -1.4%]
Labour 634 [22.7%; -13.8%]
Conservative 294 [10.5%; +3.3%]
TUSC 142 [5.1%; +3.3%]
Green 116 [4.1%; +4.1%]
LD Chris Macintyre 85 [3%; -0.6%]
Independent 73 [2.6%; +2.6%]
UKIP 69 [2.5%; +2.5%]
SNP Hold

Essex CC, Clacton East- 31st March 2016

Holland-on-Sea Residents Association 1781 [46.8%; +46.8%]
UKIP 961 [25.2%; +0.4%]
Conservative 628 [16.5%; -12.3%]
Labour 387 [10.2%; -0.5%]
LD Rain Welham-Cobb 49 [1.3%; -0.4%]
Majority: 820
Holland-on-Sea Residents Association gain from Tendring First
Percentage change since 2013

Caerphilly UA, Moriah- 31st March 2016

Labour 464 [55.7%; +8.6%]
Independent 196 [23.5%; +23.5%]
Independent 89 [10.7%; +10.7%]
UKIP 77 [9.2%; +9.2%]
Conservative 7 [0.8%; +0.8%]
[Plaid Cymru [0.0%; -28.4%]]
[Previous Independents [0.0%; -24.5%]]
Majority: 268
Labour Hold
Percentage change since 2012

Lewes TC, Castle- 31st March 2016

Independent 476 [36.4%]
Green 255 [19.6%]
LD Shirley Sains 240 [18.4%]
Labour 230 [17.7%]
Conservative 57 [4.4%]
Independent 45 [3.5%]
Majority: 221
Independent gain from Green

Craven DC, Embsay-with-Eastby- 31st March 2016

Independent 466 [79.9%; +79.9%]
Conservative 117 [20.1%; -39%]
[Labour [0.0%; -21.7%]]
[Green [0.0%; -19.3%]]
Majority: 349
Independent gain from Conservative
Percentage change since 2015