Tories down 10 council seats since June

Two more defeats this week for the Tories mean they’re down 10 council seats since June 8.

Eight by-elections took place this week with Labour defending five seats and the Conservatives defending three.

Hucknall North (Ashfield) went to an independent with a swing of +51.1 from the Tories.

The Liberal Democrats also gained in Oxhey Hall & Hayling (Three Rivers) from Conservative.

Labour jumped from fourth to first in Halton-with-Aughton and from third to first in Thetford Priory in a huge night of council by-elections at the end of September.

The party won Halton-with-Aughton (Lancaster) for the first time ever with a gain of +18.0. They edged out the Green Party and the Conservatives who picked up 27.2 per cent and 26.2 per cent of the vote respectively.

Huge ground was also made up in Norfolk where the party took Thetford Priory from the Conservatives with a swing of +28.0. The party picked up a huge 57.7 per cent of the vote, ahead of the Tories with 29.5 per cent and UKIP with just 12.8 per cent.

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