In both urban and rural areas of West Northamptonshire, the Liberal Democrats have gained councillors, meaning a solid Liberal Democrat base on the new West Northamptonshire Council.
First result to be declared on Friday’s count at Silverstone was Dennis Meredith winning in Talavera before eyes turned to the ward of Towcester and Roade where the numbers were looking incredibly close. Lisa Samiotis won but the national picture saw a disappointment: David Tarbun pipped to the post by only a handful of Conservative votes. The next Lib Dem win was Rosie Humphreys in Braunston and Crick, the first ever win in the Daventry area for the party at this council level. This was followed by Sally Beardsworth topping the poll in Kingsthorpe South. The long count ended on a high on Friday evening with Jonathan Harris winning in Brixworth to take the seat of the former Conservative Leader of Daventry District Council.
Despite the Conservative financial and service provision failures at the old councils, the national picture helped secure victory for enough Conservative councillors to run the new West Northamptonshire council. Labour failed to break through seeing some long time Labour areas turn blue in the vote and the Greens did not win any seats.
Thank you to every voter who has given their support to the Liberal Democrats, to every leaflet deliverer, everyone who knocked on doors and every candidate who put themselves forward, meaning that every voter in West Northamptonshire had the opportunity to vote Liberal Democrat. The share of the vote for the Liberal Democrats in this election was 16% and under a proportional system giving fair weight to every vote, 15 Lib Dem councillors would have been elected.
Our Liberal Democrat community champions elected today across West Northamptonshire will be working hard for their areas and for the benefit of everyone in West Northants. They will be working to promote better services and fairer access to services, as well as climate change initiatives and competent stewardship of the council.