Huge swing to Lib Dems in Burbage by-election
The Lib Dems secured a huge swing in a by-election in Burbage nearly winning a seat in the ward of the Conservative Council leader.
The by-election in the Burbage Sketchley and Stretton Ward of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough took place last Thursday. It saw a Conservative majority of 500 nearly wiped out as the Conservatives clung on by just 37 votes after a re-count.
The Lib Dem candidate Rob Mayne said "a big thank you to everyone who voted for me, it was an incredible increase in the Lib Dem vote share."
Lib Dem council group leader Stuart Bray said "This is a huge thumbs down for the Conservative leadership at Hinckley and Bosworth. They have come within a whisker of losing a seat in the Tory leader's own ward. Policies such as the brown bin Tax, and Council Tax rises are losing them support.
"The big swing the Lib Dems got in Burbage would put us on course to take back the council in 2019. Labour as usual were nowhere coming a distant third."