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Fantastic night for the Liberal Democrats

May 4, 2018 8:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

On Thursday, England went to the polls in the local elections - and going in the pundits weren't exactly predicting a great night for us:

But we've defied the pundit's expectations and had a phenomenal night - our best local election result in more than FIFTEEN years.

We held every single Council and Mayoralty we were defending including, Eastleigh, South Lakeland, Sutton, Cheltenham and Watford.

And we took control of Richmond, South Cambridgeshire, Three Rivers and Kingston-upon-Thames.

Topping it off, we've gained seats across the country in Hull, Liverpool, Cambridge, Sunderland, Gosport, Merton, Portsmouth, Sheffield, St Albans, Winchester, Bolton, Barnsley (electing our first councillor in eight years with a massive majority!) and Haringey and in many, many more!

All told, we've made net gains of +75 - more than any other party and elected 536 Liberal Democrat Councillors.

The night started off well, with a phenomenal result in Sunderland's Pallion ward:

The team in Sunderland went on to elect three Lib Dem Councillors - a truly smashing achievement.

And the night and next day only got better from there - and here are a few of our favourite results, starting with electing an extra 7 Lib Dems on Hull City Council (and we missed out on adding a few more by a handful of votes as well!)

Fantastic progress in Sheffield - including taking every single ward in Sheffield Hallam:

We also elected a whopping 32 Liberal Democrat Councillors in Cheltenham (including one of our own here at LDHQ, Jonny Brownsteen:

We took control of Richmond borough in truly spectacular style:

Took overall control of Three Rivers:

We fought off a tough Conservative challenge to maintain control of Sutton - a Council we've now run for 32 years:

Elected six Councillors in the London Borough of Merton:

Made three gains from Labour in Liverpool:

And doubled our group on Manchester City Council:

And a gain from a standing start - 0 votes last time - up to 46% of the vote this time in Aylesbury!

And we gained more than 21 Councillors to take overall control of Kingston-upon-Thames:

Sadly, it wasn't all wins - but some of our candidates came incredibly close to winning - including

And some of them really came down to the wire, we lost by just ONE vote in it in Derby:

And we can't finish without mentioning the fantastic result in South Cambridgeshire - pulling off a stunning surprise win, election 30 Liberal Democrat Councillors (including 13 women) and taking control of the Council. They were also some of the most, ahem, exuberant, victors of the evening:

All in all, the results were fantastic, right across England. Liberal Democrats, whatever the result they got, worked incredibly hard and defied all the odds to pull off a fantastic night.

In the end, even Guido Fawkes had something sort of nice to say about us:

Well done to everyone who stood, helped and encouraged on a great night.

Get some rest, enjoy your long weekend and let's start back fresh on Tuesday and get started on another record-breaking election year in 2019!