Double Tory triumph over Lib Dems in latest by-elections


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Tories took two Liberal Democrat council seats with landslide swings in the latest by-elections.

Conservative Jackie Brockway triumphed in Linconshire's Nettleham and Saxilby division while party colleague Giles McNeill won at West Lindsey District's Nettleham ward.

However Lib Dems comfortably defended a seat at Dodington, South Gloucestershire Council, with Tories trailing in last.

The Liberal Democrats' vote may have held up better there as the ward comes under Thornbury and Yate parliamentary constituency represented by the party's Steven Webb.


Lincolnshire County - Nettleham and Saxilby: C 1026, Lib Dem 600, Ukip 266, Lab 257, Lincolnshire Ind 196, English Democrats 21. (June 2009 - Lib Dem 2012, C 1129, Lab 184). C gain from Lib Dem. Swing 22.2% Lib Dem to C.

South Gloucestershire Council - Dodington: Lib Dem 787, Lab 243, Ukip 213, C 139. (May 2011 - Two seats Lib Dem 1340, 1324, C 452, 429, Lab 294, 285). Lib Dem hold. Swing 5.6% Lib Dem to Lab.

West Lindsey District - Nettleham: C 565, Lib Dem 513, Ukip 177. (May 2011 - Two seats Lib Dem 1238, 1108, C 804, 559). C gain from Lib Dem. Swing 15.3% Lib Dem to C.