Liberal Democrats surge into second place in local council elections

The Liberal Democrats have surged into second place in the Bridgwater and West Somerset constituency at the local elections, making them the clear challengers to the Tories in May’s General Election.

In the Somerset County Council elections held on 4th May the Liberal Democrats polled 6,395 votes – more than double what the party polled in the previous Somerset County Council elections.

Meanwhile the Labour vote fell across Bridgwater and West Somerset, whilst the UKIP vote collapsed.

Across Bridgwater and West Somerset the Conservatives polled 52.6%, Liberal Democrats 21.2%, Labour 16.5%, UKIP 3.8%.

The Liberal Democrats were the only party to gain a seat in Sedgemoor. Bill Revans won the North Petherton division from the Conservatives with a swing of 13.4%.

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