Politics is by its nature all about hype and spin. Trying to put your ideas in the best light to get the voters attention is an art form.
Having said that, as the dust settles on Thursdays local election results it would not be exaggerating to describe the results for the Liberal Democrats as sensational
The well respected "Britain Elects" site in association with The New Statesman magazine had forecast before the vote that Labour would gain 147, the Conservatives lose 206 and the Liberal Democrats would gain 34
With a couple of London Councils still to declare the final results were Liberal Democrats up 222 ,Labour up 138 and the Conservatives down 490
We won control of 5 Councils Gosport in Hampshire, Woking in Surrey, Somerset in the West Country , Westmoreland and Furness in the Lake District where the Conservatives were the main opponents and Kingston Upon Hull from Labour
The East of England had few elections but in Essex, which saw gains in Brentwood (2), Colchester (2), Rochford (2), Epping Forest and Southend-on-Sea, as half of the councils were up, which indicates that progress is being made. One of the gains in Colchester was in nearby Stanway where we defeated the previous Tory leader of the council
In Cambridgeshire the Liberal Democrats were defending South Cambridgeshire, where we'd won thirty of the forty-five seats in 2018. Here Liberal Democrats often increased their majorities. and we gained another 7 seats Huntingdonshire went three Lib Dem gains saw the Tory run council move to No overall control, whilst Peterborough held on to their four seats in spite of strong competition.
We these results following the parliamentary by-election wins in Amersham and North Shropshire last year these results confirm we are back as the main competitor to the conservatives across much of the south of England where partygate combined with government failure to listen to their supporters that they have long taken for granted for so long means we have a very real opportunity to take more seats from the Conservatives
We have local elections for Babergh council next year. The hard work to secure more Liberal Democrat councillors starts now. .