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.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Council by-elections

Good result in Croydon last night in a council by-election - showing that in a borough with a history of good grassroots campaigning Labour has bounced back from losing the council in May:

Bensham Manor Ward
Labour 1683 (61.6%) (+13.6% )
Con 617 (22.6%) (-6.4%)
Green 240 (8.8%) (-6.3%)
Lib Dem 126 (4.6%)
UKIP 40 (1.5%) (-6.4%)
OMRLP 15 (0.5%)
People's Choice 9 (0.3%)

Swing of exactly 10% from Con to Lab.

And another Labour hold in Bede Ward, Nuneaton, which had been thought to be under threat from the Tories, who it had been a straight fight with in 2006:

Labour 658 (37.6%) (-17.3%)
BNP 546 (31.2%)
Con 301 (17.2%) (-27.9%)
LibDem 119 (6.8%)
Eng Dem 75 (4.3%)
Save NHS 43 (2.5%)
UKIP 8 (0.5%)

19 Comments:

Anonymous Andrea said...

Worryingly good result for BNP in Nuneaton

10:01 am, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Al said...

Actually it's in Bedworth.

There's been some tensions in the borough over Gypsies for a few years now (with the Tory candidate in Nuneaton last General Election quite blatently race-baiting over it) if that helps.

12:21 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

"Actually it's in Bedworth."

ok, sorry.


"There's been some tensions in the borough over Gypsies for a few years now (with the Tory candidate in Nuneaton last General Election quite blatently race-baiting over it) if that helps"

Thanks.

12:56 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

And a Friday count East Barnet Ward of LB Barnet produces another OK result for Labour:

Con 1666 (49.1%),
Lab 1025 (30.2%),
LD 552 (16.3%),
Green 147 (4.3%)

(2006 result was:
Con 2430/2408/2301
Lab 1794/1639/1567
LibDem 623/538/421
Green 562

1:48 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger The Green Arrow said...

Might have been a good result in Croydon but it was a cracking result for the B.N.P. in Bede.

2:03 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger Hughes Views said...

having been born and brought up in Croydon the result there is particularly pleasing for me...

vote Labour

2:05 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

I got the impression (reading around) that the Libdems faught a pretty intense campaign in Barnet and some of them were hyping themself to come close to Labour...even if up, they were a distant third though

Re Bede...from BBC website "Val Richardson is celebrating in Egypt as she had booked the trip before she had decided to stand for election"...erm, did she leave today or did she really leave for her holiday before election day?

2:57 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger UKIP@HOME said...

Nuneaton Bede result Lab hold

Lab 658
BNP 546
Con 301
LibDem 119
Eng Dem 75
Save NHS 43
UKIP 8
(it takes 10 people to nominate the candidate!)

However this was not the worst UKIP result ever. That honour goes to the UKIP candidate in the Edinburgh Murrayfield by-election held on 10th November 2005 with just 4 votes. This is believed to me the worst election result for any established political party ever.

8:37 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger TottenhamLad said...

BNP 546 (31.2%) :)

Roll on the next round of local elections...

10:38 pm, February 09, 2007

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

The Nuneaton one is terrible. The BNP saved Labour from ignomy. Just add up the right wing votes (inc LD natch) and weep.

12:48 am, February 10, 2007

 
Blogger tom watson said...

The Tories were dead in Bede ward and the BNP new it. They fought the by-election like a national campaign and we certain they were going to win. They moved one of their full time organisers in and ran a high profile leaflet campaign. Supporters of Searchlight helped mobilise volunteers in the last few weeks - without them, the ward could have been lost.

Once it again is shows that in so-called "heartlands" seats, it is now more vital than ever before to have hardworking councillors in touch with the people they represent.

I understand your wider point though Luke - that Cameron is finding it hard to find traction with voters on the ground. Personally, I think this is because they can see a gimmick from a mile off.

12:29 pm, February 10, 2007

 
Anonymous andrea said...

"They moved one of their full time organisers "

according to their wesbite both their East Midlands Elections Officer (Wayne McDermott) and their Coventry Organizer (Chris Turner) were moved to run their campaign in Bede

2:46 pm, February 10, 2007

 
Anonymous Wayne McDermott said...

Yes it was a good vote for us and a terrible night for the tories just like in Loughborough Shelthorpe in October we came from no where to beat the tories in a seat they thought they would win.
Also Andrea there was no full time organisers involved in this elections just hard working party members

8:36 am, February 11, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

"Also Andrea there was no full time organisers involved in this elections just hard working party members "

if so, how do you explain this passage from West Midlands BNP website:
http://www.bnp.org.uk/reg_showarticle.php?contentID=1939
"However, the campaign in support of Alwyn's candidacy has been very efficiently and energetically fought. The day-to-day management of the campaign was taken on by East Midlands Elections Officer Wayne McDermott, ably assisted by the Organiser of our Coventry unit (which is adjacent to Bedworth), Chris Turner. "

10:31 pm, February 11, 2007

 
Blogger Chris Paul said...

What were the previous figures in Bedworth btw? Is it possible to estimate whose voters the fascist BNP borrowed?

12:59 am, February 13, 2007

 
Anonymous andrea said...

"What were the previous figures in Bedworth btw? "

2006: Labour 924 votes, Con 760
2004: Lab 841, Con 785
2002: Lab 914/885; Con 475/424

6:55 am, February 13, 2007

 
Anonymous Mike said...

Talking of election results.
Can anyone please tell me the results in the Dalston Ward of Hackney council in 1998 and 2002?
The council website always seems to be frozen!
Thanks

10:52 am, February 13, 2007

 
Anonymous Joe C said...

Good to see Alison back in Croydon Council, she was unfortunate not to win last May - Brilliant candidate.

12:19 pm, February 15, 2007

 
Anonymous wayne mcdermott said...

Again Andrea i will state the facts there was no full time workers involved in the election just hard working party members. Believe i should know.... Wayne McDermott

8:52 pm, July 14, 2007

 

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