Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, this evening hailed the best ever gains of councillors in local elections in the party’s history.
Alongside over 700 gains the party landed serious blows to the Conservatives with stunning victories to gain councils including Chelmsford, Hinckley and Bosworth and the Vale of the White Horse – as well as holding the Mayorality in Bedford.

 

With the party on track to secure a national equivalent vote share of 19% – the best since 2010 – Cable hailed the result as a clear sign the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party for remain going into the European Elections.

 

Vince Cable said:
“These are spectacularly good results, stemming from the hard work and the commitment of our campaigners all around the country.
“This is a springboard to the European elections in three weeks’ time, when we hope to do well again.

 

“Ours is the strongest Remain voice in British politics. Every Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit.”

 

Notes
At time of publication, the Liberal Democrats have won 793 council seats.

 

The results saw Liberal Democrats secure power of 18 councils

 

Notable gains include defeating the leaders of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and St Albans Council and in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s own ward.

 

Liberal Democrat councils returned today: 
Bath and North East Somerset

Chelmsford

Cotswolds

Eastbourne

Eastleigh

Hinckley and Bosworth

Mole Valley

North Devon

North Norfolk

Oadby and Wigston

Somerset and West Taunton

South Lakeland

South Somerset

Teinbridge

Three Rivers

Vale of the White Horse

Watford

Winchester

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