Updated: Labour make gains in council by-elections as Lib Dems lose ground


Labour gained seats from the Tories and Lib Dems in a series of council by-elections last night.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party took a ward in Eden, Cumbria from the Lib Dems and another in Staffordshire from the Tories as well as holding seats in Stockton and south London.

Overall Labour won five seats, up two, the Tories took three, down one and the Lib Dems lost both seats where they were the incumbent and failed to win any on a disappointing first night for Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader. An independent candidate also took one from the third party, according to data published by the Britain Elects Twitter feed.

Billingham North (Stockton)

Labour hold

Labour 40.5 per cent (+5.3)

Cons 38.7 per cent (+19)

Independent 11 per cent (+11)

Lib Dems 5.3 per cent (+5.3)

NEP 4.5 per cent (+4.5 per cent)


St Helier (Merton)

Labour hold

Labour 74.1 per cent (+3.1)

Cons 15.6 per cent (+1.7 per cent)

Lib Dems 4.8 per cent (+1.9 per cent)

Greens 3 per cent (+0.3)

UKIP 2.5 per cent (-7 per cent)


Alston Moor (Eden)

Labour gain from Lib Dem

Labour 55.8 per cent (+55.8)

Cons 34.7 per cent (-10.7)

Independent 7.8 per cent (+7.8)

Greens 1.8 per cent (+1.8)


New Romney (Shepway)

Con hold

Cons 35.2 per cent (+6.2)

Labour 32.5 per cent (+21.5)

Independent 27.5 per cent (+27.5)

Lib Dems 4.8 per cent (-3.7)


Leek East (Staffordshire Moorlands)

Labour gain from Con

Labour 45 per cent (+25.6)

Cons 28.9 per cent (+1.1)

Independent 19.5 per cent (+19.5)

Lib Dems 6.6 per cent (+0.7)


Whissendine (Rutland)

Independent gain from Lib Dem.

Independent (Ian Arnold) 54.1 per cent (+54.1)

Cons 26 per cent (-0.8)

Independent 11.7 per cent (+11.7)

Lib Dems 8.2 per cent (-56.9)


Ketton (Rutland)

Con hold

Cons 68.8 per cent (+12.7)

Lib Dems: 31.2 per cent (+4.2)


Chiddingly and East Hoathly (Wealden)

Con hold

Cons 53.4 per cent (-11.2)

Labour 28.3 per cent (+9.4)

Lib Dems 18.3 (+18.3)


St Michaels (Knowsley)

Labour hold

Labour 86.6 per cent (+12.2)

Lib Dems 7 per cent (+7)

Greens 6.4 per cent (+6.4)


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