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We won Warley. Not only did we win Warley, but we won it with a stonking majority.
We held Elland. Not only did we hold Elland, but Pat's majority is something to warm the cockles of any lib dem heart.
We held G&S, despite the tories throwing everything they had at it, and despite the much beloved sitting lib dem councillor standing down.

We lost Calder. We lost Janet. We lost Janet at least partly due to blatant lies from a Labour candidate I had previously believed to be honourable - no more.

But: where we work we win... well, where we work more than any reasonable person can be expected to, and for several years, we win three times out of four.

We have Ashley on the council, and he is a man who knows his policy onions. We have Pat Allen still, and she is a lady who has more principles than you can shake a stick at. And we have a new mover and shaker in Paul Bellenger, who has the enthusiasm of ten men. We'll miss Janet, the hardest working councillor the Calder Ward has ever seen, but we'll survive, despite mourning her loss.

Outside of Calderdale: Wales is very depressing. Scotland is actually quite cheery. Rotherham is legitimately terrifying. Eastleigh is glorious. Watford? Oh Watford. I love you so much. And London? London has rejected the blatant racism of Lynton Crosby as passed through the prism of Zac Goldsmith and has elected its first muslim mayor. I don't approve of everything Sadiq Khan stands for, but he's at least competent, and London has a muslim mayor. I'll accept that. I'll accept that because it will make the racist arseholes REALLY ANGRY, and we're going to be seeing a lot of racist arseholes given the Labour>UKIP shifts.

My party hasn't made Justin Trudeau gains, but it's made gains, and it's made gains in council seats (albeit from a low base) for the first time since I joined the party. The tories are up for electoral fraud in a whole lot of tory/Lib Dem marginals, and I am ITCHING for the bye elections...

For the first time in a long time, it feels GOOD to be a lib dem. There's a lot of reasons for that; some of it is regression to the mean and some of it is us not being in coalition any more, but I actually credit a lot of it to having a steady, yet reliably liberal, hand on the tiller. So thank you to Our Glorious Leader, Timothy of Farron. And thank you to all the footsoldiers who pounded the streets for little thanks: I thank you all here, every last one of you. You're awesome.

Onwards and upwards, my fellow lib dems. And, despite the sad blight of the loss of Janet Battye (which will hurt the people of the Calder Ward more than they yet realise), it genuinely does feel like we've turned a corner.

Team Cockroach FTW.

Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Presumably the thinking is that having more constituency seats in the Scottish parliament is better than being almost entirely reliant on the list. Pity that there weren't any list seats won, I think; but with Labour being so indecisive (a Scottish variant of a wider British problem) the Conservatives deserve a chance at opposition leadership and Davidson's impact might just help make the GB party more humane.

I'm sorry the LibDems didn't do better in Calderdale. I'm glad to say that the Woodstock and Bladon seat on West Oxfordshire DC up for election this year was held by the Liberal Democrats with a slender majority of 17 over the Conservatives, and this despite a blitz of expensive leaflets from the Tories through the last few weeks. West Oxfordshire Conservatives, like their MP, are open to the charge that they confuse governance with public relations and can't tell bad PR from good.

Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
I've now checked the Woodstock Town Council results. The entryist business-owner slate (only one of whom declared themselves as such) came bottom of the poll. Pleasing to see who came top too.

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 09:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
It's already started. Apparently Paul Golding of Britain First (the Christian fundamentalist/neo-Nazi crossover group who have some scary links to NI Unionist paramilitaries) turned his back during Khan's acceptance speech, and one of his entourage screamed "Extremist!". Still, it shows what company Zac put himself in.

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sassy_scot
Sounds like you did really well.

I am really elated by the Scottish result. If you had told me 6 months ago that we'd have 5 MSPs and win 4 constituency seats, I'd have assumed you'd had too much beer! Willie has been brilliant and I am tired and sore, but buoyed up by the fantastically enjoyable campaign in Edinburgh.

It's so nice to come out of an election and not feel completely crap.

There is a long way to go on the old #libdemfightback, but it feels like we've got round one of these hairpin corners on the side of the mountain.

Election Result in Brighouse

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Somebody has forgotten to mention her own result of 30% increase in votes, I see...

A

Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] po8crg
Every single election in Manchester since the 2010 General Election has been won by Labour – 32 wards in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, five constituencies in 2015, a police and crime commissioner in 2011, and a Euro-election in 2014. Until Thursday.

John Leech, and your 702 vote majority, and winning 52% of the vote. You fucking beauty.

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