In Cumbria, the Lib Dem onward march continuedwhen Elissa Robinson picked up a seat from theIndies on Eden Council.
The result was of the by-election for Penrith West, heldon 8th October, was:
LD Elissa Robinson 387 (51.7; +51.7)
Con 157 (21.0; -17.6)BNP 102 (13.6; +13.6)Ind 58 (7.8; -37.5)Lab 26 (3.5; -12.7)Green 18 (2.4; +2.4)Majority 230Turnout 31%
LD gain from Ind
Percentage changeis since May 2007
Goldstar for Redcar
Lib Dem candidate Steven Abbot came close towinning Labour’s safest seat in Redcar and Clevelandon 17th September in a by-election for the South Bankward.
With just 88 votes separating Labour and Lib Dems, partycampaigners will be looking for a gain in the ward in thenext elections.The result was:Sue Jeffrey (Lab)442 (43.6%; -6.3%)
Steven Abbott (Lib Dem)354 (34.9%; +12.8%)
Vince Smith (Ind)102 (10.1%)Martin Gordon Bulmer (UKIP) 69 (6.8%)Joan Bolton (Con) 47 (4.6%; -0.1%)Turnout 21.3%Majority 88Lab hold9.55% swing from Labour to the Liberal Democrats
Steven Abbott (third left) with some of hiscampaign team after the count that saw the LibDems come close to winning Labour’s safestseat in Redcar and Cleveland.
Lib Dem gain in Eden
North East ex-pat now Mayor of Bedford
The victor of the by-election for Mayor ofBedford, Dave Hodgson, is something of aNorth East ex-pat, the Northern Democrat canreveal.
Dave lived and worked in the North East in themid 1980s when he was active in the Young SocialDemocrats.
Editor Jonathan Wallacerecalls a few house parties attended by the both ofthem in their travels around the country for theformer SDP’s youth wing.Dave was also the organiser for the Alliance inDurham City for the 1987 general election.The Mayoral by-election in Bedford was held on15th October. He gained the position from theIndependents in an area the Conservatives werehoping to pick up.
Lib Dems carry the torch for North East Olympic hopes
North East Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to bring the Olympic flame to our region as partof the UK celebrations in 2012.
Led by Berwick’s MP
Sir Alan Beith
, Liberal Democrats from around the North East have written to Lord Coeas Chairman of the London Organising Committee asking for the flame to visit the region.Other signatories are
Fiona Hall MEP
, Newcastle City Council Leader Cllr
, Leader ofNorthumberland County Council Cllr
, parliamentary spokesman for Newcastle North;
, parliamentary spokesman for Newcastle East;
, parliamentary spokesman for DurhamCity; and
, parliamentary spokesman for Redcar.Alan said, “The Olympics is a wonderful opportunity to encourage many people to get involved in all kinds ofsporting activity. Bringing the Olympic flame to the north east will remind people that although the focus of theGames is London, we can all get involved.“The Lib Dem team presented Lord Coe with a letter inviting the Olympic Flame to the North East at an event topromote London 2012 at the recent Lib Dem party conference in Bournemouth.”