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Daventry Liberal Democrats fielded candidates in all 13 seats in the election on 3rd May 2018

Well, we didn't manage to gain a seat on the council but the Daventry District Council results show us back in the contest and challenging what has been a traditional two-party contest.

When the 12 seats last came up for election in 2014 we only managed to contest 3 of the seats and came out with under 2% of the vote across the District. This time we not only contested all 12 seats, plus the 13th contest in Walgrave due to a by-election, but we have ended up coming second in two seats Yelvertoft & Walgrave with over 30% of the vote.

Across the District, our vote increased to 13% with some notable increases in particular seats (see below).

In Abbey North, our other target seat, it soon became clear this had turned into a tough three-party fight - our excellent candidate Alan Knape - who undoubtedly fought the best campaign - came out with just under 21% of the vote with Labour taking the seat (which had previously been held by UKIP).

In Yelvertoft our candidate Stephen Pimm achieved our highest vote share in the District at just under 34% with Labour a poor 3rd. This was after only being selected as the candidate 5 weeks ago!

In Walgrave Grant Bowles found himself as the only challenger to the Conservatives after Labour failed to field a candidate and thanks to help from Northampton Lib Dems we managed to deliver a target letter and leaflet and achieved a credible 32% vote share.

In the rest of the seats, the only other one to change hands was in Drayton ward which was won handsomely by Labour, again taking a seat previously held by UKIP.

The makeup of the Council is now:

Conservatives 30
Labour 5
Lib Dem 1

So the Conservatives remain firmly in charge!


A big thank you to all of you who helped the campaign, firstly to those members who kindly stepped forward to stand as candidates and in many cases simply 'fly the flag', and then to all of you who helped 'pound the streets' - delivering leaflets and helping with canvassing.

In the normal course of events, we would have been looking at another 12 seat contest next May as well as elections for South Northants and Wellingborough Councils. BUT as you know moves to form a new council following the collapse of Northamptonshire County Council may delay the next set of local elections until 2020.

Whenever the new council elections come we can be certain that based on yesterday's results we should be optimistic about our future chances.

Over the next few weeks, we will be analysing further the results and looking ahead to influencing the Council re-organisation. We will then be agreeing our campaign strategy and future target seats.

If you would like to be involved in that process and/or are interested in standing for a future target seat please do get in touch.

Otherwise thank you all again for a tremendous effort!

Best wishes

Andrew Simpson
Chair
Daventry Liberal Democrats


Follow the link to your ward to meet your Liberal Democrat candidate

Abbey North

Alan Knape

Abbey South

John Butlin

Brixworth

Kathryn Purchase

Drayton

Zbigniew Chetnik

Hill

Simon Cockayne

Long Buckby

Peter Ingles

Moulton

Sarah Richens

Spratton

Rupert Knowles

Weedon

Alan Faiers

Welford

Stephen Deare

Woodford

Edward Judd

Yelvertoft

Stephen Pimm

By Election

Walgrave

Grant Bowles