One does not expect the Lib Dems to make gains in rural North Yorkshire, but that's what happened in Thursday's only council by-election. Beverley Rural has returned three Tory councillors ever since the ward was drawn up in the 1990s. Not any more. Even the death of the incumbent failed to draw a sympathy vote as the Lib Dems stormed to victory with a large majority - boosted by the absence of a Green candidate, although they would have won regardless.
Beverley Rural, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
LDem: 1,948 (59.4%) +36.0%
Con: 1,116 (34.1%) -10.5%
Lab: 213 (6.5%) -5.2%
LDem GAIN from Con