The votes are in and the winners of the vote-factor 2009 are:
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The Liberal Democrats
There have been 280 local by-elections in 2009 and the Lib Dems have a net gain of 17. Of the gains 14 came from the Tories and 7 from Labour – a further 7 from Independents.
Interestingly, Labour had a net gain of 12 while the Tories a NET LOSS of 28.
We are still behind in terms of contest participation though ahead of Labour that seems to suggest they are having local organisational difficulties.