Last night’s by-elections: what you need to know.

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By Liberal Democrats Feb 24, 2017 3:02

Yesterday, voters went to the polls in two Parliamentary by-elections in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland and three local by-elections.

1: We got good results in tough circumstances in Stoke-on-Trent & Copeland – and stood up for our values doing it.

From day 1 it was clear that both of these by-elections would be tough; in 2015 we lost our deposit in both constituencies and we’ve faced a tough fight in both seats, with the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP all throwing the kitchen sink at these by-elections.

We can be proud of the campaigns that Rebecca Hanson in Copeland and Dr Zulfiqar Ali in Stoke-on-Trent have fought – right up to their work yesterday getting our vote out in storm force wind and rain.

In the face of strong opposition, they have stood up for our values and fought for every single vote; we couldn’t have asked any more of them.

2: We won two local by-elections with a massive swing

Voters also went to the polls in three local by-elections last night – in every single one our share of the vote was up by at least 20% and in both South Hams and Kettering, we won seats we didn’t even stand in last time around.

In South Hams Elizabeth Hartley and her team won a seat from the Conservatives with 46.1% of the vote in a seat we didn’t stand in last time and saw the Conservative share of the vote drop by more than 25%; whilst in Kettering, Andrew Dutton and his team won a second seat from the Conservatives with 57% of the vote.

Those two by-election wins take us to 30 net gains in local by-elections since May 2016 and continue our fantastic track record!

3: If you voted Remain, you can’t trust Labour to stand up for you

Throughout the Stoke-on-Trent by-election, Labour kept trying to one-up UKIP on Brexit. Their candidate, who claims to have voted remain repeatedly claimed that he’d “fight for a successful Brexit” and then put out leaflets claiming to have “gone one better than UKIP on Brexit”

Labour leaflet delivered in Stoke-on-Trent

After months and months of Labour turning their back on Remain voters, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it still does. If you voted Remain, Labour won’t even try and stand up for you – and you need to come and join the real opposition:

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