Gains from Labour and Conservatives start 2017

The first principal council byelections of 2017 were on Thursday 12th January. Lib Dems gained both seats – one from the Tories and one from Labour.

In the process we gained overall control of another council, Three Rivers – the first time we have taken power in a council since 2010.

Gade Valley ward (Three Rivers council) result:

Lib Dem: 60.9% (+24.0%)
Con: 19.1% (-22.9)
Lab: 11.6% (-9.6)
UKIP: 6.7% (+6.7)
Green: 1.8% (+1.8)

Sandhill ward (Sunderland council) result:

Lib Dem: 45.0% (+41.5%)
Lab: 25.0% (-29.9)
UKIP: 18.7% (-7.2)
Con: 10.0% (-5.7)
Green: 1.3% (+1.3)