The last the ward was fought was in 2013, when we did not field a candidate. So the result in 2009 is more significant. Then - before we were in government, remember - the Liberal Democrats finished in fourth place (the Greens came third) with only 7 per cent.
Shropshire Lib Dems have made some notable gains in recent years and it may be that the result in Belle Vue was the fruit of a tremendous effort from them.
But we will know the Liberal Democrats are thriving again when we regularly score 20 per cent in wards where we have no history of success.