Lib Dems gains a seat from Labour in Luton local by-elections

Luton's two local by-elections have resulted in a lost council seat for the Labour Party.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 2:56 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 2:58 pm
The Liberal Democrats have won Round Green from Labour

The Round Green seat vacated by the resignation of Labour councillor Mark Rivers has been won by Liberal Democrat Steve Moore.

High Town remains firmly within Labour's grasp, with Ali Umme (Labour Party) comfortably elected as a councillor.

The mixed results come on a bad polling day for Labour, with the loss of Hartlepool - a staunch red seat since 1964 - to the Conservatives.

The victor of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election is due to be announced shortly.

The results for High Town were as follows:

Umme Ali (LABOUR) - 717

Lyn Bliss (GREEN) - 202

Markus Keaney (COMMUNIST PARTY) - 36

Shakaina Khan (CONSERVATIVES) - 327

Nigel Marshall (LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) - 202

The overall turnout was 23 per cent and the number of votes cast was 1,499.

In Round Green, the results were as follows:

Fatima Begum (LABOUR) - 910

James Cullinane (GREEN) - 173

Steve Moore (LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) - 1,041

Marc Scheimann (INDEPENDENT) - 60

Phil Turner (CONSERVATIVES) - 520

The overall turnout was 31.4 per cent and the number of votes cast was 2729