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, July 20, 2007

Southall & Sedgefield results

First electoral tests of Brown's leadership passed with flying colours.

The allegedly invincible Lib Dem by-election machine created by Lord Rennard over decades shown by Tom Watson, Joan Ryan and new London Labour Party Regional Director Ken Clark to be eminently beatable (by over 5,000!).

Cameron a busted flush - and deservedly given Tory opportunism in terms of community politics in Southall.

Roll on the General Election and a 4th Labour term!


Anonymous Ted Harvey said...

There can be no other way of reading these two results as anything but a really bad outcome for David Cameron in person.

For the rest of us, the negative thing overall is how the Ealing shenanigans verified just how far there is an ongoing breakdown in political party coherence and loyalties in the UK... a bit like the politicians belatedly following the increasingly fewer voters

10:32 am, July 20, 2007

Anonymous David said...

Very poor for DC, esp in Ealing. Putting his name on the ballot paper was a huge tactical mistake.

The Tories are claiming that they've done well to increase their vote. Straws and clutch springs to mind. Back in the 80s and 90s, Labour / LibDems would have romped home in a Tory seat with a similar majority

10:59 am, July 20, 2007

Anonymous Andrea said...

The Southall result is very good for Lab.
Sedgefield is more or less how the majority of people were expecting

12:04 pm, July 20, 2007

Anonymous pregethwr said...

Ealing Southall is the smallest swing against a Governing Party since Beaconsfield in 1982 (during the falklands war).

A remarkable result.

2:36 pm, July 20, 2007

Blogger Baz said...

Interesting that the smallest swings against a governing party should mark the beginning (Beaconsfield) and the end of ACL Blair's parliamentary career!

Southall was a good result for Labour - the actual vote for all parties went down, so the LibDems cannot claim any great success there.

Sedgefield was disappointing. OK, Blair had been a well-known candidate but for the BNP to get 9% of the vote when we have a good local candidate is more than a little disappointing.

11:19 am, July 22, 2007


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