Lib Dem Shildon by-election victory still shaking the ground months later

by Group Office on 26 September, 2019

Lib Dem Garry Huntington who secured one of the biggest ever swings from Labour to Lib Dem in County Durham taking the County Council seat with a 575 majority in the former Labour seat.

Durham Lib Dem’s stunning by-election victory a few months ago is still having repercussions. Lib Dem Garry Huntington campaigned on the state of Shildon and Dene Valley, the appalling condition of many areas and the huge number of empty homes.

The County Council has been forced to act and much more is now being done, in part thanks to a Lib Dem budget motion last year which secured unanimous support for a doubling of empty homes staff.

Labour-run Durham County Council presides over some of the highest number of empty properties in the whole country with over 6000 homes sat empty.

The Lib Dems are piling on the pressure to get action on this issue and Garry’s massive victory is helping make the Council stand up and take notice.

Garry beat Labour in their own backyard with 1257 votes to Labour’s 682, a massive swing, proving that we can win anywhere in County Durham.

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