Council by-elections: “Sneaky” Lib Dems snatch Sunderland seat from Labour

2nd February, 2018 8:55 am

Labour lost a north-east council seat to the Lib Dems on a night of two by-elections.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party saw the deprived Pallion ward in Sunderland go to the Lib Dems after huge swings in vote share.

Labour’s vote dropped by around 16 per cent while the Lib Dems’ figures shot up by nearly 50 per cent.

Winning candidate Martin Haswell had produced leaflets in red and white rather than the Lib Dems’ traditional orange.

“Sneaky Lib Dems back at it again,” wrote commentators John Johnston and Sam Webber in a preview on PoliticsHome.

Labour easily retained its Cornwall seat of Falmouth Smithwick on the back of a huge increase in vote share of around 20 per cent.


Pallion (Sunderland)

Lib Dem gain

Lib Dems: 53.9 per cent (+49.5)

Labour: 34.8 per cent (-15.9)

Conservative: 5.4 per cent (-7.2)

UKIP: 4.2 per cent (-24.7)

Greens: 1.7 per cent (-1.8)


Falmouth Smithwick (Cornwall)

Labour hold

Labour: 60.2 per cent (+19.9)

Conservative: 17.2 per cent (-7.2)

Lib Dems: 17.2 per cent (-1.7)

Greens: 5.3 per cent (-11)

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