Archives for the month of: May, 2015
Lib Dem Future page on this council
This by election was held on the same day as local elections in Watford. The town council is overhelmingly Lib Dem but this is a Labour area.

Labour 1,061 [31.5%; -1.1%]
Labour 1,014
Conservative 749 [22.2%; +13.1%]
LD Robbie Laird 580 [17.2%; -5.7%]
Conservative 571
LD Paddy Kent 540
Green 477 [14.1%; -7%]
UKIP 410 [12.2%; -2.2%]
Green 384
UKIP 270
Independent 95 [2.8%; +2.8%]
Majority: 312
Labour gain from Green


Conservative 5,015 [65%; +9.3%]

Labour 1,667 [21.6%; -1.4%]
LD Richard Akbiyik 423 [5.5%; -2.4%]
Green 418 [5.4%; -7.9%]
UKIP 194 [2.5%; +2.5%]
Majority: 3,348
Conservative Hold

Lib Dem Future page for this council

This election was a simultaneous by-election and regular election held on the date of the general election on 2015. This is the reason that there are two candidates for each party. This ward is not a strong ward for the party. The party won one seat in the city council elections that took place on the same day ut of 13 seats.

Labour 1,675 [38.3%; -2.2%]
Labour 1,410
Conservative 921 [21%; +9.1%]
UKIP 905 [20.7%; -2.6%]
Green 802 [13.8%; -5.9%]
Conservative 653
Green 605
LD Sarah Cunningham 272 [6.2%; -1.6%]
LD Michael Sutton-Croft 204
Majority: 754
Labour Hold

The London Borough of Wandsworth currently has no Lib Dem councillors and has not traditionally been an area of strength for the party. The borough is predominantly Conservative but with some Labour areas.

Conservative 4,218 [49.9%; +10.3%]
Labour 3,079 [36.4%; +2.1%]
Green 514 [6.1%; -7%]
LD 367 [4.3%; -2%]
UKIP 274 [3.2%; -3.4%]
Majority: 1,139
Conservative Hold

Lib Dem Future page on the London Borough of Southwark

Chaucer Ward was a Liberal Democrat Ward with a 2:1 split with Labour in 2010 but has always been marginal between Liberal Democrats and Labour. It was lost to Labour in 2014. The election took place on the date of the General Election. It was in the consitituency of Old Southwark and Bermondsey which was lost to Labour on the same day.

Labour 2,951 [47%; +7.6%]
LD William Hougbo 1,532 [24,4%; -8.1%]
Conservative 994 [15.8%; +6.5%]
Green 564 [9%; -7%]
UKIP 240 [+3.8%; +3.8%]
Independent 67 [1.1%; -1.7%]
All People’s Party 25 [0.4%; +0.4%]
Majority: 1,419
Labour Hold

Lib Dem Views page on Lambeth Borough Council

This by-election was held on the same day as the General Election.

The London Borough of Lambeth was an area of strength for the party up until 2006. In the 2002 election the party formed a coalition with the Conservatives with the Lib Dems holding 28 seats. In the 2006 election this was reduced to 17 seats and the Labour party regained control of the council and further reduced to 15 in 2010. In 2014 the party lost all its remaining 15 elected councillors. This by-election, which was caused by the ill health of a Labour councillor, was held in Prince’s Ward in the north of the borough. This was one of the 28 seats that the party held in 2002. In the 2014 election the Lib Dems came fourth behind the Greens and the Conservatives. In this by-election there was a marked improvement with the party coming second.

By-election – London Borough of Lambeth: Prince’s Ward

May 7, 2015

Labour 3,452 (44.5%; -5.4%)
LD Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett 1,748 (22.5%; +13.1%)
Conservative 1,518 (19.6%; +3.3%)
Green 901 (11.6%; -0.1%)
Left Unity – Trade Unionists and Socialists 99 (1.3%; -2.3%)
The Socialist Party of Great Britain (0.5%; -1.5%)
Majority: 1,704
Labour Hold

Lib Dem Future is a blog focused on Lib Dem electoral politics from a local government perspective. The objective is to report our success and failure at a local level. The owner of this blog is Ed Joyce, but some of the content may be written by others. It is aimed to be a resource for activists and not to be partisan to any faction in the party. Its aim is to draw people together by providing a place where information can be gathered about local elections and by elections. A key goal is to increase activity and performance in these elections.

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