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Winning Here Across the North West

May 3, 2019 12:16 PM

Lib Dem gains North West 2019It's been a remarkable night for the Lib Dems in the council elections - across England as a whole and here in the North West.

We made more gains than our party has ever done before in a May election - up 703 seats nationwide, where our previous biggest increase was 487.

We made gains in South Lakeland - a council we already held. We made five gains in Stockport, becoming joint largest party. We made six gains in Ribble Valley - taking our group there to ten. We doubled the size of our council groups in Cheshire East, in Trafford and in Blackburn, and our council group in Liverpool are now in double figures. There are now Lib Dem councillors on Cheshire West and Chester council and Lancaster council.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us - and to our teams of candidates and campaigners right across the region.

North West council results summary:
Lib Dem rosette 2019Ribble Valley: Lib Dems gain 6
Stockport: Lib Dems gain 5 (Lib Dems now joint largest party)
Preston: Lib Dems gain 4 (now tied with Conservatives for opposition status)
Bolton: Lib Dems gain 3
Eden: Lib Dems gain 3 (now tied with Independents for opposition status)
Lancaster: Lib Dems gain 3

South Lakeland: Lib Dems gain 3 (Lib Dem overall majority on South Lakeland increases)
South Ribble: Lib Dems gain 3

Burnley: Lib Dems gain 2
Cheshire East: Lib Dems gain 2
Cheshire West and Chester: Lib Dems gain 2

Liverpool: Lib Dems gain 2
Trafford: Lib Dems gain 2 (Lib Dem group doubled in size)
Blackburn: Lib Dems gain 1 (Lib Dem group doubled in size)
Bury: Lib Dems gain 1
Halton: Lib Dems gain 1
Manchester: Lib Dems gain 1
St Helens: Lib Dems gain 1
Wirral: Lib Dems gain 1

Nationally the Lib Dems have made gains in scores of councils - including gaining control of ten more councils and a net gain of over 700 council seats.

With the European Elections in three weeks time Vince Cable commented, "The people only have one vote so they will get behind the strongest of the remain parties and as we've seen from the evidence of tonight we are very clearly the strongest of the remain parties"