What a fantastic result for the Lib Dems in the Bude North and Stratton by-election. David Parsons has been elected with just over 61% of the vote to replace Nathan Bale who was a great councillor for the area.
David stood on a platform of opposing the service cuts that the Tory administration is imposing across Cornwall - from buses to public toilets, important local services are being cut by the Conservatives and it is clear that the voters of Bude and Stratton oppose this policy.
At the 2009 election, Nathan stood against just one opponent. Today, David faced a Labour candidate and Independent as well as the Tory. Whilst the Lib Dem percentage fell back slightly, so did the Conservatives and neither Labour nor Independent made a significant impact.
David was a great candidate and will be a very strong voice for the Bude and Stratton area alongside fellow Lib Dems Nigel Pearce and Paula Dolphin. Many thanks to everyone who helped us over the last four weeks.
The full result:
David Parsons (Lib Dem) 958 - 61.17%
Conservative 395 - 25.22%
Labour 120 - 7.66%
Independent 93 - 5.94%
There were four spoilt ballots. Turnout was 29.52%