Lib Dems win North Jesmond by-election
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat and former teacher Gerry Keating has been elected new councillor in North Jesmond (Newcastle Upon Tyne).
Cllr Keating won by a landslide over a field of four other competitors, with more than 50% of the votes.
The Lib Dems gained 711 votes at this by-election, beating Labour, who lost over 250 votes. The Conservative candidate gained 117 votes. The UKIP candidate had 112 votes, and the Greens garnered 94 votes.
As percentages of the overall vote, the Lib Dems increased their share by 20%, from a third in May to more than half in August. Labour dropped from 31% to 24%. The Conservatives lost 5% share from May-August, ending up with 9% of the vote, while the Greens lost half their vote share in the past four months. UKIP polled steady at 8% in both polls.
As councillor, Gerry Keating plans to support local businesses in North Jesmond based on thorough knowledge of their varying needs and viewpoints. He also wants to organise a street-by-street awareness-raising campaign and take effective action against fly-tipping.