07 May, 2024

Lib Dems continue surge in UK local elections

On 2 May, parts of England and Wales held local elections to elect around 2,600 councillors on 107 councils. 

The Liberal Democrats elected 522 councillors, a gain of over 100, coming out as the second most popular party ahead of the governing Conservatives for the first time since 1996. 

Liberals took control of 12 local councils in counties including Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Somerset and Surrey, as well as winning seats in the London Assembly.  

The Lib Dems have added 768 council seats since the last UK general election in 2019, largely in the south-west and south of England, more than any other party over the last parliamentary mandate. 

The party now has over 3,000 councillors in total and holds majorities on 37 councils, matching the previous best ever record and securing a sensational 6-year streak of making gains in local elections.

“The message from across the country is loud and clear. These election results show what we’ve all known: that it’s time for a general election,” said Lib Dem leader Ed Davey. 

“The Liberal Democrats’ general election campaign starts today: to fight for local people and their communities, to fight for real change, to fight for a fair deal and to make this Conservative government history.” 

The United Kingdom is scheduled to hold a general election no later than 28 January 2025. 

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