This week there were two by elections. The first was in Christchurch DC in Dorset where there was no Lib Dem interest. This resulted in a clear win for the Conservatives in an area of strength for them. The second election was in Mole Valley where the Lib Dems won two seats. One of these was a gain from UKIP. The result appears to be a poor one for the Conservatives compared with their 2011 performance. Neither of these elections has an effect on the balance of power, however the results could spark concerns in UKIP and the Conservatives. UKIP continue their weak performance in local council by-elections which has been a feature of campaigns since the General Election and was seen in last week’s result in Wallington.

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