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Lib Dem clean sweep with three by-election gains, including a 54% swing from Labour DECEMBER 1, 2017 – 7:21 AM

by derekdeedman on 1 December, 2017

Four council by-elections this cold week, all in southern England. They come with the neat simplicity of one defence each for Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Ukip. A neat simplicity of results too: all won by the Liberal Democrats in the party’s best council by-election night for a long time.

Even more congratulations however to Stephen Hammond and the Gosport team for quite some swing (54%!) in gaining a seat from Labour:

Over in Devon, in part of the country that served up one of the Liberal Party’s most famous Parliamentary by-election wins, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin and the team won the ward:

Finally, a stonking results in Maidstone which means that the minority Liberal Democrat administration on the council is now also the largest party:

Congratulations to Rob Field on regaining the seat in what had been a solidly Lib Dem (/Alliance/Liberal) ward all the way from its creation in 1979 through to 2015.

Worth noting also, by the way, just how bad the Ukip set of results was, once again. Something BBC’s Question Time doesn’t seem to have caught up with yet with its continuing fondness for having a Ukip guest on.

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