A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Unite Executive Council Elections 2020

If you are a Unite union member you will get a ballot for the Executive Council elections if there are contested elections in your region and/or industrial sector.

They must be returned by 12 noon on Thursday 18th June 2020.

Members who have not received a ballot paper by Monday 8th June 2020 should contact the ballot enquiry service on 0800 783 3856 (0818 333 155 from the Republic of Ireland or Gibraltar).

Details of candidates are here: https://secure.cesvotes.com/V3-0-0/unitenominates2020/en/home?bbp=6942&x=-1

I have seen the following list of suggestions circulated for who members should vote for if they want the union to change direction:

Ireland
Noel Gibson
Marie Casey

North East Yorkshire and Humberside Region
Gary Andrews

Scotland
Grieg McArthur
Helen McFarlane

South East Region
Dominic Rothwell

Wales
Kerry Owens

West Midlands Region
Stuart Hedley

Engineering, Manufacturing and Steel
Gary Buchan

Food, Drink and Agriculture
Neelam Verma
Matt Gould

Finance and Legal
Jacob Goddard
Fiona Tatem

Health
Steve Thompson
Tracey Osment

Local Authorities
Lisa Colquhoun
Kevin Woods

Passenger Transport
Nigel Atkinson
Simon Rosenthal

Road Transport Commercial, Warehousing and Logistics
Mick Casey
Paul Shedd

Service Industries
Howard Percival

Unite Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians
Jamie Bramwell
Stuart Grice

National Black and Asian Ethnic Minority Members’ Constituency
Raffiq Moussa

Friday, March 06, 2015

Council by-elections

Here are the recent council by-elections. Labour's vote increased in all 5:

5 March

Kenton Ward, LB Brent. Con hold. Con 1097 (51.6%, +0.3), Lab 839 (39.4%, +7), Green 121 (5.7%, -4.3), LD 79 (3.3%, -3). Swing of 3.4% from Con to Lab since 2014.

St Pancras & Somers Town Ward, LB Camden. Lab hold. Lab 1481 (72.8%, +4.7), Con 243 (12%, +2), Green 213 (10.5%, -4.8), LD 96 (4.7%, -1.9). Swing of 1.4% from Con to Lab since 2014.

Selhurst Ward, LB Croydon. Lab hold. Lab 1517 (71.5%, +19.4), Con  246 (11.6%, -2), Green 148 (7%, -1.5), UKIP 147 (6.9%, -5.6), LD 65 (3.1%, -2.9). Swing of 10.7% from Con to Lab since 2014.

Bocking Division, Essex CC. Con gain from UKIP. Con 1071 (34.3%, +2.1), Lab 974 (31.2%, +1.3), UKIP 855 (27.4%, -5.3), Green 165 (5.3%, +2.2), Ind 58 (1.9%, +1.9). Swing of 0.4% from Lab to Con since 2013.

19 Feb

Hengoed Ward, Carmarthenshire UA. Lab hold. Lab 335 (33.2%, +7), PC 313 (31%, +6.6), UKIP 152 (15%, +15), People First 80 (7.9%, -18.2), Ind 76 (7.5%, +7.5), Con 54 (5.3%, +5.3). Swing of 0.2% from PC to Con since 2012.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Council by-elections

There have been just four council by-elections in the last fortnight. Yesterday included an important Labour gain from UKIP in Harlow which is a key parliamentary seat in Essex.

12 February

Bar Hill Division, Cambridgeshire CC.  Con hold. Con 787 (46%, +0.6), UKIP 251 (14.7%, -7.4), LD 238 (13.9%, +5.4), Lab 235 (13.7%, +0.1), Green 200 (11.7%, +2.3). Swing of 4% from UKIP to Con since 2013.

Mark Hall Ward, Harlow BC. Lab gain from UKIP. Lab 586 (42.6%, +8.2), UKIP 353 (25.7%, -12.2), Con 334 (24.3%, +4.5), Green 55 (4%, +4), LD 47 (3.4%, -4.4). Swing of 10.2% from UKIP to Lab since 2014.

Oswestry East Division, Shropshire UA. Con hold. Con 629 (47.5%, +17), Lab 247 (18.6%, -10.2), Green 231 (17.4%, +17.4), LD 218 (16.5%, +16.5). Swing of 13.6% from Lab to Con since 2013.

5 February

Brimington Division, Derbyshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1293 (62%, -6.7), UKIP 380 (18.2%, +18.2), Ind 157 (7.5%, +7.5), LD 135 (6.5%, -2.8), Con 120 (5.8%, -5.4). Swing of 12.5% from Lab to UKIP since 2013.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Council by-elections

There was one council by-election on Wednesday and two in the same ward on Thursday:

Purley-on-Thames Ward, West Berkshire UA. Con hold. Con 936 (68.1%, +1), Lab 172 (12.5%, -8.7), UKIP 163 (11.9%, +11.9), LD 104 (7.6%, -4.1). Swing of 4.9% from Lab to Con since 2011. This ward is in the parliamentary key seat of Reading West.

Marshalswick South Ward, St Albans DC. 2 Con holds. Con 667 & 647 (30.8%, -8.1), LD 495 & 488 (22.9%, +3.6), Green 450 & 166 (20.8%, +10.6), Lab 406 & 312 (18.7%, -4), UKIP 148 & 147 (6.8%, -2.4). Swing of 5.9% from Con to LD since 2014. This is in one of a handful of parliamentary seats the LDs think they might have a chance of gaining against the tide. The big gap between the two Green candidates is because they were listed on the ballot as “first choice” and “second choice”. This is the first by-election evidence of the Green polling surge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Council by-elections

Just three council by-elections so far this year, with the SNP and UKIP doing well:

8 January

Bolsover North West Ward, Bolsover DC. Lab hold. Lab 174 (45%, -22), UKIP 153 (39.5%, +39.5), Con 60 (15.5%, -17.6). Swing of 30.8% from Lab to UKIP since 2011.

22 January

East Kirkcaldy Ward, Fife UA. SNP hold. First preference votes: SNP 1460 (47.3%, +10.9), Lab 1088 (35.3%, -14.7), Con 223 (7.2%, +1.2), Green 126 (4.1%, +4.1), UKIP 117 (3.8%, +3.8), LD 40 (1.3%, -1.5), Ind 19 (0.6%, +0.6), Ind 12 (0.4%, +0.4). Swing of 12.8% from Lab to SNP since 2012.

Crowborough West Ward, Wealden DC. Con hold. Con 465 (58.7%, -14.1), UKIP 327 (41.3%, +41.3). Swing of 27.7% from Con to UKIP since 2011.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Council by-elections

There were just two contested council by-elections yesterday:

Bowydd & Rhiw Ward, Gwynedd UA. PC hold. Uncontested in this and previous election.

St James Ward, RB Kingston-on-Thames. Con hold. Con 1123 (42.9%, +5.1), LD 865 (33%, +11), Lab 355 (13.5%, -4.5), UKIP 206 (7.9%, -3.8), Green 71 (2.7%, -3.7). Swing of 3% from Con to LD since 2014.

Ollerton Division, Nottinghamshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1171 (56.4%, -1.9), Con 533 (25.7%, +4.1), UKIP 347 (16.7%, -3.3), LD 24 (1.2%, +1.2). Swing of 3% from Lab to Con since 2013.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Council by-elections

There were 12 council by-elections yesterday, with no discernible pattern to the results, and gains for the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, SNP and UKIP.

South Kintyre Ward, Argyll & Bute UA. SNP hold. First preference votes: SNP 942 (62.2%, +37.2), LD 214 (14.1%, -0.1), Con 203 (13.4%, -32.5), Lab 156 (10.3%, +10.3). Swing of 18.6% from LD to SNP since 2012.

Gatehouse Ward, Aylesbury Vale DC. LD hold. LD 295 (35.6%, -5.9), UKIP 267 (32.2%, +15.2), Con 113 (13.6%, -9.2), Lab 113 (13.6%, -5), Green 28 (3.4%, +3.4), Ind 12 (1.4%, +1.4). Swing of 10.6% from LD to UKIP since 2011.

Southcourt Ward, Aylesbury Vale DC. LD gain from Lab. LD 429 (42.3%, +6.3), UKIP 266 (26.2%, +12.1), Lab 175 (17.2%, -12.2), Con 112 (11%, -9.4), Green 33 (3.3%, +3.3). Swing of 2.9% from LD to UKIP since 2011.

Toton & Chilwell Meadows Ward, Broxtowe BC. Con hold. Con 952 (54.5%, +6.9), Lab 454 (26%, +3.9), UKIP 340 (19.5%, +6.4). Swing of 1.5% from Lab to Con since 2012 by-election.

Trelech Ward, Carmarthenshire UA. PC gain from Ind. PC 598 (68.3%, +33.6), Ind 181 (20.7%, -30.2), LD 96 (11%, -3.4). Swing of 31.9% from Ind to PC since 2012.

Kingsway Ward, Halton BC. Lab hold. Lab 537 (73.2%, -2.3), UKIP 164 (22.3%, -2.2), Con 22 (3%, +3), LD 11 (1.5%, +1.5). Swing of 0.1% from Lab to UKIP since this May.

Stamford North Division, Lincolnshire CC. UKIP gain from Ind. UKIP 400 (31.5%, +31.5), Lab 268 (21.1%, +0.1), Con 261 (20.6%, -11), Linc Ind 199 (15.7%, -31.7), LD 142 (11.2%, +11.2). Swing of 15.7% from Lab to UKIP since 2013.

Elgin City North Ward, Moray UA. SNP gain from Lab. First preference votes: SNP 728 (38%, -5.3), Ind 472 (24.6%, +15.2), Lab 287 (15%, -14.9), Con 273 (14.2%, -3.3), UKIP 81 (4.2%, +4.2), Green 77 (4%, +4). Swing of 10.3% from SNP to Ind since 2012.

Bransgore & Burley Ward, New Forest DC. Con hold. Con 834 (77.7%, +11.3), UKIP 171 (15.8%, +15.8), Lab 74 (6.9%, -7.4). Swing of 2.3% from Con to UKIP since 2011.

Washington East Ward, Sunderland MBC. Lab hold. Lab 775 (38.3%, -3), Con 595 (29.4%, +4.1), UKIP 506 (25%, -1.1), Green 93 (4.6%, +4.6), LD 52 (2.6%, -2.2). Swing of 3.6% from Lab to Con since May this year.

Skelmersdale North Ward, West Lancashire DC. Lab hold. Lab 591 (87.9%, -1.8), Con 81 (12.1%, +1.8). Swing of 1.8% from Lab to Con since 2012.

Cox Green Ward, Windsor & Maidenhead UA. Con hold. Con 738 (50.7%, -2.2), LD 315 (21.6%, -10.9), UKIP 278 (19.1%, -19.1), Lab 124 (8.5%, -1.1). Swing of 4.4% from LD to Con since 2011.

 
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