A great set of local elections

We gained control of 12 new councils, from North Norfolk to Cotswolds, Vale of White Horse to Somerset West and Taunton. The icing on the cake for me was taking control of Bath and North East Somerset; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP now has a Liberal Democrat councillor!

“We are putting communities before party political squabbling

We reinforced our control of Three Rivers, Eastleigh, South Somerset and Watford. We also saw the great Dave Hodgson re-elected Mayor of Bedford, with an increase in our number of councillors on the council.

And this doesn’t include the places up and down the country where we are forming coalition administrations, such as Eden, Mendip, Guildford, South Oxfordshire and York – where we are putting communities before party political squabbling. This is something of which my colleagues here in Parliament should take notice.

We also gained seats in Labour’s so-called Northern heartlands, including Sunderland, Sheffield, Liverpool and Barnsley.

Congratulations to those who won their seats and commiserations to those who didn’t win this time round.

The party thanks you, and welcomes you to the Liberal Democrat local government family.

Having witnessed my own father go into cardiac arrest many years ago, and be saved…