Today will be the 7th, and probably final, by election in the 4 year life span of Somerset West and Taunton council. There’s a good chance that the Lib Dems will win and so make it 7 out of 7 wins for them. I must say that I think they have had a bit of fortune along the way. They are apparently a badly divided group, and the Group leader has held of a challenge for the group leadership by 1 vote on two separate occasions. The LD group is very able, and the opposition from her own group, is apparently much more hostile than the opposition from the other groups on the council.
There were 2 by elections pre Covid
Vivary: was a LD gain from Con, after the LDs had undernominated in the ward in 2019, so a second chance to win a seat that they would have won in the main 2019 election Norton Fitzwarren and Staplegrove was a LD gain from Ind. Again the LDs had undernominated in a 3 member ward. The LDs had come 1st and 2nd, and the Ind 3rd. Another seat they would have won in 2019 with an extra candidate
And then 5 post Covid
North Curry and Ruishton was a LD hold. Previous councillor resigned because he was disenchanted with the LD group. Big swing to the Conservatives in the by election Old Cleeve was a LD hold by 6 votes, with an ex Tory councillor standing and splitting the Tory vote Trull, Pitminster and Corfe was a LD hold with a swing to the Tories, The LDs had a very good candidate there and the Tory candidate wasn’t local Wilton and Sherford was a LD hold with a swing to the Tories. And Alcombe today, which was a ward they lost by 30 votes in 2019
Post by WestCountryRadical on Feb 10, 2022 12:17:34 GMT
The LD candidate in this by-election, Nicole Hawkins, won a by-election in the old Alcombe ward of West Somerset council, which had almost identical boundaries, in June 2018, when the LDs were having a run of by-election successes just before the old district council was abolished
Post by Old Fashioned Leftie on Feb 10, 2022 22:36:29 GMT
Apropos the Alcombe byelection - 60% turnout in our household.
Daughter voted for the first time having been reading about Pankhurst - not sure who for, but she said not Conservative My son refused to use his postal vote from university, making some rather unparliamentary remarks about Starmer (he is a Labour Party member).
We received leaflets from the Tories and Liberals last weekend and there was certainly some activity into the evening getting the vote out.
The resigning councillor in Eastleigh has made a stinging denunciation of the Liberal Democrats and endorsed the Labour candidate, which might shake things up. Labour last won a seat on the council in 2007.
If it made any difference, it wasn't in the way intended by this intervention.
When Wellington thrashed Bonaparte, As every child can tell, The House of Peers, throughout the war, Did nothing in particular, And did it very well (W.S. Gilbert, "Iolanthe")