Can we learn anything from the recent by-election in Eastleigh's West End North ward?
The Lib Dems have always been strong in Eastleigh, and Thursday's local by-election result shows they have most likely picked up votes from Labour, as well as others 'returning home' after forgiving their party's role in the ConDem coalition.
The most positive element of Thursday's election, both in Eastleigh and other parts of England, was the dramatic fall in support for UKIP, who saw their share of the vote fall more than 10% in some places. Has the UKIP bubble finally burst as people see them for what they really are - Thatcherites trying to speak the language of the average person?
However we should not just dwell on the results of other parties, but look to the future and look to building progressive regionalism and our own party across Wessex, emulating the success of Mebyon Kernow and Yorkshire First. With an influx of new members and an increased sense of optimism, we certainly this will certainly be the case for the Wessex Regionalists.
The forthcoming EU referendum will certainly be a distraction from the inadequacies of top down diktat from Westminster, but once this is out of the way and the dust settles the focus will be on Westminster. This will present a window of opportunity to put forward the case for progressive regionalism and the Wessex Regionalists.
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