Tories humiliated in Norfolk by-election

The Tories in the new Broadland constituency were given a salutary warning about the prospects for the Lib Dems when the Lib Dems sensationally took the Buxton seat on Broadland District Council from the Tories in a massive reversal of fortunes.

The Lib Dem candidate, Barbara Rix, won by 354 votes, gaining 555 votes to the Tories 201. The Greens trailed in a miserable third with just 22 votes.

The Broadland seat is a new Lib Dem target seat and the Tories, aware of this, pushed an enormous effort in to the campaign with dozens of Tory activists outnumbering the Lib Dems on some campaign weekends still unable to stop the Lib Dem Juggernaut in Broadland.

The Tories produced some high quality looking literature, but as ever, their campaign themes missed the point, failed to address real local concerns, and many voters are now starting to realise that Broadland District Council, under the Tories really offers nothing to those outside of the city fringes.

A big well done to April Pond (Broadland PPC) and her team who can look forward to the County elections with real hopes of further gains.

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