Labour held onto the seat of Belgrave in Leicester in yesterday’s council by-elections with a staggering 17 point increase in the vote share.
The by-election was triggered by the death of Labour councillor Mo Chohan, who passed away in October. The party selected Padmini Chamund to replace him.
Leicester is a strong Labour constituency, with neighbouring Latimar having voted 81% for the party back in 2011. But Chamund’s campaign yielded even stronger results, with 86.6% of the electorate choosing Labour.
In The Byfleets (Surrey), however, it was a victory for the independent candidate Amanda Boote. The council is known for its strong Conservative support.
Two more seats were contested last night: the seat of Wolvercote in Oxford (a Lib Dem hold), and the Highland seat of Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh (to be announced).
Belgrave (Leicester) – Labour HOLD
Labour: 86.6% (+17.0)
Conservative: 6.5% (-11.9)
Lib Dem: 3.8% (+3.8)
Green: 3.1% (-2.5)
(No UKIP (-3.9) and TUSC (-2.4) as previously.)
The Byfleets (Surrey) – Independent GAIN from Conservative
Independent: 49.0% (+16.6)
Conservative: 33.1% (-8.3)
Lib Dem: 13.4% (-4.1)
(No Labour (-5.3) as previously.)
Wolvercote (Oxford) – Liberal Democrat HOLD
Lib Dem: 60.5% (-0.5)
Conservative: 25.4% (+1.9)
Labour: 9.8% (+0.1)
Green: 5.4% (-0.3)