For a second week in a row, no council seats changed hands in the by-elections being contested.
The best result for the party this week was in the Burrsville Ward of Tendring in Essex.  This ward makes up the northern suburbs of Clacton-on-Sea and saw a 16% increase in the Liberal Democrat vote.  This campaign was fought hard as Conservative overall control of the council rested on the result.  In the end, despite a good increase in our vote we didn’t quite succeed in removing the Conservative’s slim majority on the council.
Results in the other wards up for election showed no obvious trend, other than that all were in wards that have tended to be very weak for the Liberal Democrats and in some cases they were the first time we had contested the ward for some time.
The other by-elections this week were:North Tyneside MBC, PrestonHartlepool UA, ElwickBroxtowe BC, Toton and Chilwell MeadowsThree Rivers DC, Hayling

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