Local Election Summary

7 May 2024
Ed Davey and supporters

With the dust now settling on the local elections we can now draw some conclusions about how the Liberal Democrats performed.


Elections this time were focussed on urban areas where historically we have tended to perform less well. Having said that the results overall were pretty good


  • For the first time since 1996 we won more council seats than the Conservatives
  • We gained 104 seats. The Conservatives lost 474 and Labour gained a disappointing 186 in their core heartlands
  • we control 12 councils compared to the Conservatives 6 having taken control of Tunbridge Wells and Dorset Councils
  • we made gains in many of the areas targeted for the general election



These results should not however be seen in isolation


Over the life of this current parliament the Lib Dems have added more council seats than any other party, gaining more than 768 seats, compared to Labour's 545 and the Greens 480, while the Conservatives have lost 1,783.


Here in South Suffolk we had no council elections but when we are out on the doorstep we pick up the same message that people are fed up with the Tories and want change


We genuinely believe the only party that can beat the Tories here in "true blue" Suffolk are the Liberal Democrats and in Tom Bartleet we have a local candidate with the energy and enthusiasm to take that fight on. If you want to help us drop us an email at hello@southsuffolklibdems.org.uk

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