Another poll boost for the Lib Dems in the West Midlands region: more Tory headaches

Lib Dem win

Liberal Democrat candidate, Dean Clarke, is the newly elected Malvern Hills District Councillor for Hallow Ward following a decisive by-election win last week.

Richard BurtCouncillor Clarke gained the seat from the Conservatives following the resignation of the previous councillor.

"I am thrilled with the result and can't thank people enough for voting for me," said Dean. I will do all I can to serve them well and to preserve the character of our villages."

In a straight Lib Dem/Conservative contest, the Lib Dems achieved a swing of 17% from the Conservatives to take the seat.

Local Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman, Richard Burt, said the election was an important test before the next General Election, and his party had passed with flying colours.

Mr Burt said:

"This result is another big boost after winning more votes and more seats than the Conservatives right across West Worcestershire in the County Council elections.

If the swing was repeated in a General Election here, we would achieve a staggering majority of 13,652 votes."