Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Lib-Dems Come Close to Over-Turning Huge Tory Majority in The Hangers & Forest

In a by-election in East Hampshire caused by the death of Conservative councillor Judy Ounslow, voters went to the polls, unusually, on a Tuesday, and the Liberal Democrats continued their excellent local by-election form of late by almost pulling off a stunning victory in The Hangers & Forest.

The Lib Dems didn't contest the seat in the local elections, yet only missed out here by 9 votes, gaining 43.6%, while the Tories saw their vote reduced by 23.7%.

It's a result that suggests that recent Lib Dem successes in the south of England are no fluke and that the party is once again beginning to re-emerge as an electoral force, at least in some areas of the country.  They clearly ate heavily into both Conservative and Labour totals, with the latter reduced to a mere 17 votes, beaten into fourth place by the Justice & Anti-Corruption candidate.

The result:

East HampshireThe Hangers & ForestCON Hold
Liberal Democrat22743.643.6
Justice & Anti-Corruption417.97.9

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