There were 16 council by-elections on the same day as the one you chose to report. In these, the dominant message was that only the Liberal Democrats are making net gains. We even took a seat from Labour in Northavon.
This fits the pattern of elections throughout the summer, a pattern that has gone unreported. Could it be that the reality of Labour poll defeats does not fit in with the media image of the Blair honeymoon?
MP for Newbury (Lib Dem)
House of Commons
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