What a result in Torbay, where former MP Adrian Sanders has been elected to the council with just short of 70% of the vote. Adrian held with Clifton with Maidenway ward for the party with a 40% increase in vote-share since last time.
This is the 14th council seat to have been defended successfully by the Liberal Democrats since the general election and, when added to the 13 seats gained from other parties over the same period, makes Adrian the 26th Liberal Democrat councillor elected since May 8th.
Well done to Adrian and the entire Torbay team.
Yesterday’s other by-election in Aberdeenshire begins counting at 10am, more news as we get it!
Update: Sadly, a loss in Aberdeenshire, where the Tories took the seat we were defending. Commiserations to Daniel and the team who fought a great campaign.
By-election HQ: The Results So Far
GAIN! from Con. Wealden, Hellingly. Oct 29.
GAIN! from SNP. Highland, Aird and Loch Ness. Oct 8.
GAIN! from Lab. Barwell PC, St Mary’s. Sept 10.
GAIN! from Lab, Winsford TC, Wharton. Sept 3.
GAIN! from Con, Powys, Glasbury. August 13.
GAIN! from Ind, Newtown TC, East. August 13.
Gain! from UKIP. Lancing PC, Churchill. Aug 7.
GAIN! from Con, Seaford TC, Central. July 23.
GAIN! from Lab, Wrexham, Llay. July 16.
GAIN! from Con, Rother, Battle Town. July 16.
GAIN! from Con, Richmond, Hampton Wick. July 2.
GAIN! from Lab, Pontypridd TC, Trallwng. July 2.
GAIN! from Ind, Falmouth TC, Penwerris. June 25.
GAIN! from UKIP, Mole Valley, Holmwoods. June 18.
HELD! Torbay, Clifton with Maidenway. Nov 5.
HELD! Barnsoldwick TC. Oct 29 [two seats]
HELD! Woking, Goldsworth East. Oct 8.
HELD! Elmbridge, Long Ditton. July 23.
HELD! Kingston, Grove. July 16.
HELD! Abbots Langley PC, Abbots Langley and Bedmond [five seats]. June 24.
HELD! Mole Valley, Holmwoods (2nd seat). June 18.
HELD! Sutton, Wallington South. June 11.
To Con. Aberdeenshire, Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford. Nov 5.
To Con. Brentwood, Shenfield. Oct 29.
To Con. Woking, Goldsworth West. Oct 8.
To Lab. Cambridgeshire, Romsey. June 25.