Saturday, 27 September 2014
LibDems holding their own in by-elections
Labour and UKIP speakers are fond of claiming that the "liberal vote is collapsing". Granted that the party has not put much effort into campaigning in parliamentary by-elections, with predictable results, council by-elections give a different story. There have been 169 such contests since the start of the year and Liberal Democrats have done slightly better than the other parties. Taking last weeks results into account, I reckon that the score is: UKIP (Won 2, lost 0, net gain 2), Conservatives (W13, L10, +3), Labour (W 10, L6, +4), LibDem (W 11, L 4, +7).
There is a more detailed breakdown at http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/byelections/index.htm