Derby Liberal Democrats support surges

May 4, 2012 10:41 AM

Derby campaigners at the Manifesto launchLiberal Democrats in Derby are celebrating after winning more seats and more votes in this year's local elections than they did in 2011.

Derby Lib Dems won 3 wards compared to two last year. They missed out on winning a 4th seat in Arboretum ward by just 14 votes.

Leader of Derby Liberal Democrat councillors Hilary Jones said "These results show the Liberal Democrats are still a major force in Derby politics.

"Morale amongst Lib Dem members was much higher this year and our campaigners worked hard for every vote."

Amongst the positive results for the Lib Dems this time were; winning Mickleover with a majority of 326, a ward won by the Conservatives last year.

The Lib Dems secured huge swings of over 10% from Labour in the Abbey and Normanton wards compared to last year.

The Lib Dems also tripled their vote in the Labour stronghold of Derwent going from 9% and fourth place last year to 27% and second place this year.