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Lib Dems make 3rd gain in a month on Cornwall Council

July 29, 2016 6:45 PM
Winning team at Newlyn & Goonhavern

Maggie Vale and the winning team in Newlyn & Goonhavern

Cornwall Liberal Democrats have made another gain in a council by-election last night, with Maggie Vale gaining Newlyn & Goonhavern from the Conservatives with a majority of 13. This follows a double by-election win on July 14th, when Dominic Fairman gained St Teath & St Breward, previously held by John Lugg (Independent), and Paul Summers won in Newquay Treviglas after a UKIP councillor resigned.

Frances Tippett, Chair of Cornwall Lib Dems, said: "I'm thrilled to see yet another gain for the Lib Dems on Cornwall Council. This is testament not only to the experience and dedication of our candidate, Maggie Vale, but the hard work of campaigners all across Cornwall who have helped out in various ways."

Cornwall Council's Deputy Leader and Leader of the Lib Dem group, Adam Paynter, said: "We are delighted to welcome Maggie Vale into the group. With 43 Cornwall Councillors, we now have the same number as the largest Lib Dem group in the country. Together with our many new members and activists, I look forward to developing our vision for what a Lib Dem administration on Cornwall Council can achieve in the term following next May's elections."

Dan Rogerson, former MP for North Cornwall, said: "This result, along with our recent victories across Cornwall and further afield, shows that the Liberal Democrats are truly back as a political force. We are the only party challenging Conservative mismanagement of the economy as we stand up for Cornwall."

The recent trio of by-election successes for Cornwall Lib Dems follow on from the victories in Wadebridge West on April 14th (formerly represented by Conservative MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann) and Launceston Central on January 14th this year, and the gains in Illogan in July 2014 (from Conservative) and Wadebridge East in September 2013 (from Independent).

Recent by-elections in the South-West have seen the Lib Dems gain seats in Totnes ward of South Hams DC on July 27th (gain from Labour), Trowbridge Grove ward of Wiltshire UA on July 14th (gain from Independent), Sherborne Rural ward of Dorset CC on June 2nd (gain from Conservative), and in Tormohun ward of Torbay UA on May 6th (gain from Conservative).

The current composition of Cornwall Council is now 43 Lib Dems (+7 since the all up elections in May 2013), 34 Independents (-1), 30 Conservatives (-1), 8 Labour, 4 Mebyon Kernow, 2 non-aligned & 1 UKIP (-5), with 1 vacancy (Four Lanes) to be contested on September 1st.