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Lib Dems achieve best EVER local election results

May 6, 2019 1:42 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Election night 2019 JRNSNLOn Thursday 2 May 2019, the Liberal Democrats achieved their best ever local elections results. In Rugby, we won three seats in Paddox, Eastlands and Rokeby & Overslade, whilst in Bilton we beat Labour to second place and increased our vote in other wards including Admirals & Cawston.

Nationally the party did very well with 1351 Councillors elected including an increase of 30 Councillors in the West Midlands. Across Warwickshire, Lib Dems gained eight seats in Stratford Upon Avon and seven in Warwick. In Soilhull, Lib Dems gained two new Councillors.

These significant results are bolstered by taking control of Town councils in Stratford Upon Avon and Ross-on-Wye and many more Lib Dems being elected to Parish councils too.

  • Eastlands - Neil Sandsion was re-elected and pushed the Conservatives into third place. Liberal Democrats 910, Labour 385 and Conservative 306.
  • Paddox - Jerry Roodhouse had a decisive re-election which reduced the Tory and Labour vote. Liberal Democrats 1,266, Tory 440 and Labour 340.
  • Rokeby & Overslade - Nick Long, a new candidate, had a convincing victory in the ward which saw both Tory and Labour votes reduced. Liberal Democrats 1,276, Labour 373 and Conservatives 371.

Overall, the Liberal Democrats gained 704 Councillors across England and secured power of 18 councils. Notable gains include defeating the leaders of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and St Albans Council and in Jacob Rees-Mogg's own ward.

Liberal Democrat councils returned:

Bath and North East Somerset

Chelmsford

Cotswolds

Eastbourne

Eastleigh

Hinckley and Bosworth

Mole Valley

North Devon

North Norfolk

Oadby and Wigston

Somerset and West Taunton

South Lakeland

South Somerset

Teinbridge

Three Rivers

Vale of the White Horse

Watford

Winchester

Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

"These are spectacularly good results, stemming from the hard work and the commitment of our campaigners all around the country.

"This is a springboard to the European elections in three weeks' time, when we hope to do well again."