Lib Dem election success across Surrey
Lib Dem borough and district councillors had an election to remember earlier this month when residents in those Surrey areas which hold elections in thirds, went to the polls on 5th May.
Lib Dems in Elmbridge successfully held onto three seats and gained 4 of the 6 seats lost by the Tories. Many of the wards holding elections were part of Dominic Raab's parliamentary seat which has already been identified as being 'under threat'. These successes are continued evidence that an upset could be on the cards in the next general election.
The Lib Dem retained control of Mole Valley District Council at the recent elections. The party held all its seats up for election and gained two more from the Conservatives. Across Mole Valley, the Lib Dem share of the vote increased from 38.5% in 2018 to 45.3% this year.
The make-up of the new Council is now 24 Lib Dems, 10 Conservatives, 7 Independents, meaning that the Lib Dem majority increases from 3 to 7.
The Lib Dems won the Meadvale and St John's ward on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in May's elections. Newly elected Lib Dem Councillor Christopher Thompson won by 823 votes over the Conservative candidate.
Lib Dem Councillor Sylvia Whyte was re-elected in Longcross, Lyne and Chertsey South ward on Runnymede Borough Council with an amazing 69% of the vote. The Lib Dems came agonisingly close to winning in the New Haw ward, missing out by just 10 votes.
The party finished second in the popular vote across Runnymede, moving from 13.9% in 2021 to 18.4% this year.
The Lib Dems had one of the best election nights in Tandridge for many years. By retaining three of the seats up for grabs and winning two more from the Tories, the Lib Dems are now the second largest party on Tandridge District Council with 11 seats.
After years of Conservative control, the Lib Dems are absolutely delighted to have won overall control of Woking Borough Council after winning 70% of seats up for grabs this time. The party comfortably held 3 seats and gained 4 wards from the Conservatives, who failed to win a single seat.
Woking Borough Council is now made up of 16 Lib Dems, 8 Conservatives, 3 Labour and 3 Independent Councillors.