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Another Good Week for Liberal Democrats in Council By Elections

Last week th Ballot Boxere were three gains by Liberal Democrats from the Conservatives.

Labour held a seat they were contesting, in a ward which the Liberal Democrats did not contest.

The Conservatives held two of the five seats they were defending.

However, in Buckinghamshire North, where the Liberal Democrats did not stand at the last election, the Con vote share dropped 10% and the Lib Dems achieved 24%. Possibly the HS2 effect?

UKIP stood in only 1 of the 6 by elections. The last time these seats were fought they had managed to stand candidates in 4 of them.

Aldwick West, Arun DC (Conservatives defending)
Conservatives 480 35% (-17%)
Labour 112 8% (+ 8%)
Liberal Democrats 719 53% (+35%)
Green 54 4% (+ 4%)
UKIP 0 0% (-30%) did not stand
Lib Dem GAIN from Conservatives. Majority 239 (18%) Swing 26% from Con to Lib Dem

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire CC (Conservatives defending)
Conservatives 1,298 81% (+11%)
Liberal Democrats 299 19% (+ 3%)
Labour 0 0% (- 7%) did not stand
UKIP 0 0% (- 7%) did not stand
Conservative HOLD. Majority 999 (62%) Swing 4% from Lib Dem to Con

Beaconsfield North, South Buckinghamshire DC (Conservatives defending)
Conservatives 441 76% (- 10%)
Liberal Democrats 136 24% (+ 24%)
UKIP 0 0% (- 14%) did not stand
Conservative HOLD. Majority 305 (52%) Notional swing of 17% from Con to Lib Dem

Braunton East, North Devon DC (Conservatives defending)
Conservatives 225 18% (-18%)
Labour 165 13% (+ 6%)
Liberal Democrats 459 37% ( +3%)
Green 387 31% (+10%)
Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservatives Majority of 72 (6%) Swing 10.5% from Con to Lib Dem)

Dukes, Sefton MB (Conservatives defending)
Conservatives 790 26% (-10%)
Labour 417 14% (-2%)
Liberal Democrats 1,680 56% (+28%)
UKIP 69 2% (-14%)
Green 45 1% (-4%)
Liberal Democrat GAIN from Conservative. Majority 890 (30%). Swing 19% from Con to Lib Dem

Egremont North, Copeland BC (Lab defence)
Conservatives 321 48% (+23%)
Labour 354 52% (+9%)
Green 0 0% (-8%) did not stand
Independent 0 0% (-24%) did not stand
Labour HOLD Majority 33 (4%). Swing of 7% from Lab to Con