Liberal Democrats finally ‘recovering from disaster’ of election defeats with big local council gains

Ed Davey hails ‘an almighty shockwave’ – but is warned his party’s progress is ‘relatively modest’

Rob Merrick
Deputy Political Editor
Friday 06 May 2022 19:39
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<p>The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey</p>

The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey

The Liberal Democrats are finally putting “the disaster” of recent election thrashings behind them with significant local council gains, a polling expert has suggested.

Ed Davey’s party is celebrating winning more than 150 extra seats in Thursday’s elections, most notably seizing the new Somerset unitary authority in a crucial Tory-dominated area.

The Lib Dems also took seats from the Conservatives in Stockport, in Wimbledon, in south west London, in Berkshire, and in David Cameron’s former backyard of West Oxfordshire.

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