November and December’s by-election summary

There were forty-two local authority by-elections in the final two months of last year, of which thirteen resulted in seats changing hands.

party vote share % seats won candidates net gain
Conservative 30.5 15 38 1
Labour 24.5 13 37 -5
UKIP 18.8 4 31 3
Liberal Democrat 9.5 3 24 1
Independent 7.0 2 18 -2
SNP 5.9 3 4 2
Green 2.7 0 18 0
Plaid Cymru 1.1 2 3 1
Others 0.2 0 6 -1

Nationalists parties certainly appear to be the flavour of the month(s) with UKIP, SNP and PC making six gains between them. The minus five number against Labour is worrying; there were actually six losses (offset by one gain) – two to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, and sole gains for the SNP and an independent.

Otherwise it is a story of no real change.

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