The first local by-election of 2016 where there was a Green candidate saw the following result:
Cornwall UA, Launceston Central: Liberal Democrats 515 (63.0%, -7.0%), Conservative 226 (27.6%, +10.4%), Green 65 (7.9%), Christian Peoples Alliance 12 (1.5%).
Quite a decent start to the year for us, particularly given the generally low turnout of local by-elections in the cold month of January and given that we did not stand in this ward in the last elections for Cornwall Council in 2013. The swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives was helped by the absence of a UKIP or a Labour candidate, and the good personal vote of the previous Lib Dem councillor, which matters strongly in the South West.
It is not surprising the Christian Peoples Alliance polled so poorly-they are unknown in Cornwall and their candidate, John Allman, is a perennial candidate with a poor track record; he polled 52 votes in the whole of the North Cornwall constituency in which Launceston resides in last year's general election.
Also, it was earlier announced that maintenance grants for undergraduate students, whose importance lay in the fact they helped people study without giving them the fear of more debt on top of their tuition fees (I took out a maintenance grant for my undergraduate psychology degree at Hertfordshire, so I know this well) are set to be scrapped without a vote or debate, via a small committee of just 17 MPs (of which 9 are Conservatives). They are apparently to be replaced with increased maintenance loans, which will further add to the already substantial debt burden of students past and present. Please sign and share this petition here so that the government will reconsider this inconsiderate and undemocratic move: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/109649