You won’t find the national press mentioning this much, but the Lib Dems are running rampant in council by-elections.
Last Thursday we made two gains – we won a seat off the Conservatives in the South of England, and we won a seat off Labour in the North of England.
The southern seat was for Three River District Council in Hertfordshire, and was important because we have now won control of that council:
Gade Valley (Three Rivers) result:
LDEM: 60.9% (+24.0)
CON: 19.1% (-22.9)
LAB: 11.6% (-9.6)
UKIP: 6.7% (+6.7)
GRN: 1.8% (+1.8)
The northern seat was in Sunderland – and was an astonishing result. Last May we only got four per cent of the vote, this time we won:
Sandhill (Sunderland) result:
LDEM: 45.0% (+41.5)
LAB: 25.0% (-29.9)
UKIP: 18.7% (-7.2)
CON: 10.0% (-5.7)
GRN: 1.3% (+1.3)
Sunderland voted very strongly for Brexit in the referendum, but it was the Lib Dems who surged, not UKIP.
Well done to both teams of campaigners! Read more about it on Mark pack’s website here.