September’s by-election summary

There were sixteen contests in September, which is a pretty small sample. This still meant that 19,596 votes were cast in real contests.

UKIP are back in fourth spot after three months of being third, and whether this is a blip or a return to normality now that the European elections are receding remains to be seen. They did manage a gain at the expense of the Conservatives and fielded a healthy number of candidates.

Labour are back on top (they were second on vote share in July and August). The Greens continue to struggle to make any impact.

party vote share % seats won candidates net gain
Labour 27.3 9 14 1
Conservative 25.3 2 15 -2
Liberal Democrat 22.4 3 12 1
UKIP 13.3 1 13 1
Independent 7.4 1 9 -1
Green 3.7 0 8 0
Others 0.6 0 4 0
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