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Another day, another Lib Dem council gain on a huge swing

July 29, 2016 12:06 PM
Originally published by South Lincolnshire Liberal Democrats

Ballot BoxAfter the unusual sequence of a Tuesday by-election (good Lib Dem result) and then a Wednesday by-election (even better Lib Dem result) this week, Thursday brought a more usual round of by-elections.

A spectacular gain in Cornwall:

Congratulations Maggie Vale. Among the defeated candidates was a former Lib Dem running as an independent, continuing the pattern in the south west of ex-Lib Dems doing badly when running under another label.

A good hold in Newport, South Wales, with a big swing from Labour:

The winner, Carmel Townsend is the widow of Ed, whose death triggered the by-election.

A clear hold in Sutton, with the Lib Dem vote up but majority down:

A second place again in Harringay, with unusually both the Labour and Lib Dem vote going up by the same amount:

NEWPORT UA, ST JULIAN'S

LD Carmel Townsend 948 [53.7%; +11.9%]
Labour 432 [24.4%; -21.3%]
UKIP 156 [8.8%; +8.8%]
Conservative 135 [7.6%; -4.9%]
Plaid Cymru 71 [27.1%; +4.0%]
Green 25 [1.4%; +1.4%]
Majority: 516
LD hold
Percentage change since 2012

SOUTH HAMS DC, TOTNES

LD John Birch 812 [44.2%; +14.6%]
Green 499 [27.1%; -3.0%]
Independent 391 [21.3%; +21.3%]
Conservative 137 [7.4%; -6.7%%]
[Labour [0.0%; -22.8%]]
[Independent [0.0%; -3.3%]]
Majority: 313
Turnout: 27.04%
LD gain from Labour
Percentage change since 2015

EAST HAMPSHIRE DC, THE HANGERS & FOREST

Conservative 236 [45.3%; -23.7%]
LD Roger Mullenger 227 [43.6%; +43.6%]
Independent 41 [7.9%; +7.9%]
Labour 17 [3.3%; -9.7%]

Majority: 9
Turnout: 27.0%
Conservative hold
Percentage hold since 2015

SUTTON LB, CARSHALTON CENTRAL

LD Chris Williams 1250 [43.4%; +5.1%]
Conservative 1061 [36.9%; +11.6%]
Green 211 [7.3%; -0.3%]
Labour 176 [6.1%; -3.1%]
UKIP 150 [5.2%; -10.5%]
Christian Peoples Alliance 29 [1.0%; -1.1%]
[TUSC [0.0; -1.7%]
Majority: 189
Turnout: 27.04%
LD hold
Percentage change since 2014

CORNWALL UA, NEWLYN & GOONHAVERN

LD Maggie Vale 247 [24.4%; +24.4]
Conservative 234 [23.1%; -23.0]
Independent 163 [16.1%; +16.1]
Mebyon Kernow 161 [15.9%; -28.1]
Labour 77 [7.6%; -2.2%]
Independent 75 [7.4%; +7.4%]
Independent 54 [5.3%; +5.3%]
Majority:13
LD gain from Conservative
Percentage change since 2013

WYCHAVON DC, DROITWICH WEST

Conservative 281 [41.8%; -9.0%]
Labour 161 [24%; -14.8%]
UKIP 132 [19.7%, + 19.7%]
LD Adrian Key 97 [14.5%; +14.5]
[Green 0 [0.0%; -10.3%]]
Turnout 17.2%
Conservative Hold
Percentage change since 2015