There were a large number of by-elections this week, eight in total, however no seats changed hands. The results continued the recent trends with poor performance by UKIP but stronger performance by the Conservatives, and particularly Labour. The Lib Dem performance was largely unchanged since 2011.

The party only stood candidates in four of the eight by-elections and did not stand in either of the Welsh or Scottish seats. This makes a drawing any conclusions from this set of results difficult.

Next week there is a by-election in Grove Ward in the London Borough of Kingston which will provide a useful barometer of the state of the parties. The results from a by-election in May 2015 are below and show how close the ward is.

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200265/election_results/660/ward_by-elections

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