A big thank you to everyone who voted for and supported the Liberal Democrats across Reading this year. Councillor Meri O'Connell was returned for a new term and we expanded our team across the Borough.
In hard-fought Borough council elections delayed from 2020 by the Coronavirus pandemic, and conducted under challenging conditions, the Reading Liberal Democrats fought our hardest campaign for years. Despite the nationwide incumbency bonus enjoyed by Labour in Wales, the SNP in Scotland and the Conservatives in England, voters endorsed Councillor Meri O'Connell for a third time in Tilehurst.
Of course, we will all be doing this again next year, as new ward boundaries will be introduced, requiring the every seat in Reading Borough Council to go up for election on the 5th of May 2022.
Reacting to her win, newly re-elected Councillor Meri O'Connell said,
"I'm humbled and overjoyed that the people of Tilehurst have put their trust in me for a third time running. No-one becomes a Liberal Democrat as a career move; we do this because we love our communities and want to help them and our neighbours with the challenges they face. Representing Tilehurst and fighting for its people has been the privilege of a lifetime, and I'm delighted to be doing this for another year."
Results across the country are still coming in as we write, but the Liberal Democrats have enjoyed gains despite the challenging national picture.
As well as depriving the Conservatives of control of Cambridgeshire County Council for the first time since 2012, the Liberal Democrats are now the largest party in Stockport and have made inroads against both Labour and the Conservatives across the country. Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds has been elected to the Senedd, and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has retained his seat with an increased majority.
Liberal Democrats in Reading will keep working hard all year round, not just at election time. Reading Liberal Democrat leader Jo Ramsay said,
"Thank you so much to our amazing field of candidates this year, and to everyone who supported and voted for us this time around. Elections are the highlight of politics, but it's the year-round work that is our bread and butter, whether it's fixing potholes, sorting out the bins, or getting to grips with the crises facing housing and adult social care. The Reading Liberal Democrats will keep working all year round, and whether it's with Labour in the town hall or the Tories in Westminster, we will fight hard for our residents and demand better for Reading."