The groundswell of support for Somerset Lib Dems is continuing with latest by-election win!

The Lib Dems have won a crucial by-election (on May 2nd) to restore their original majority at Somerset Council.  This is a 100% record of by-election wins: 3 out of 3!

Rob Reed was elected as one of our two Somerset Councillors for Mendip South, a rural seat which includes Pilton, West Pennard, Butleigh, Baltonsborough, Ditcheat, Evercreech and their surrounding villages and hamlets.

The Lib Dems are the main alternative to the Conservatives in the West. Rob Reed’s win in Mendip South shows that the groundswell of support for the Lib Dems is continuing and this is a boost to our MP candidate Claire Sully.

The Somerset Lib Dems group at Somerset Council is the largest group of Lib Dem Councillors in the country and form the majority group on the council, in contrast to Labour, who have just five seats out of the 110 on the authority.  Claire Sully is the deputy chair of the group.

Here are the results for Thursday’s by-election:

Ken Maddock, Conservative: 1,122
David Oakensen, Labour:  139
Rob Reed, Liberal Democrat: 1,313
Mike Smythe, Green Party: 200

Spoiled ballots: 14
Total votes cast: 2,790

Percentage turnout: 36.07% Majority: 191

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