Norfolk Liberal Democrats are celebrating a superb double victory in district council by-elections yesterday (Thursday). Both Ben McGilvray, in the Wroxham ward of Broadland District Council, and Hugh Lanham, in the Walsingham ward of North Norfolk District Council, registered impressive victories with huge swings to the Lib Dems. Significantly, both seats will be part of the new Parliamentary constituency of Broadland.
The by-elections had been caused by the deaths of two Independent councillors David Teager and Tom Moore who represented Wroxham and Walsingham respectively.
Ben, Hugh and their teams fought terrific campaigns, highlighting local issues and national concerns and both will make excellent councillors. These results will send shockwaves through Norfolk Conservatives and show that in this time of economic uncertainty and political disillusionment, it is the Liberal Democrats that people are turning to. Our recent conference in Bournemouth was a great success and under Nick Clegg’s leadership, the party is gaining ground nationally and locally. As MP for North Norfolk, Norman Lamb shows what a difference Liberal Democrats can make.