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, August 10, 2007


Commiserations to Tower Hamlets Labour Party and candidate former council leader Prof Michael Keith re. yesterday's Shadwell Ward by-election.

Despite a big swing (6.7%) from Respect to Labour, Respect just held on.

Tower Hamlets Borough - Shadwell:
Respect 1512, Lab 1415, Con 476, Lib Dem 98. (May 2006 - Three seats Respect 1851, 1789, 1707, Lab 1287, 1141, 1054, C 723, 670, 605, Lib Dem 226). Respect hold. Swing 6.7% Respect to Lab.


Anonymous Daran said...

Interesting to see Labour actually polling more votes in a by-election than in the main local election. Not easy to do. Lib Dem vote badly squeezed there it seems.

2:56 pm, August 11, 2007

Anonymous David said...

More worring might be a sign of anti Labour tactical voting by Tories and LibDems in the face of a strong Labour campaign

9:07 am, August 13, 2007

Blogger Benjamin said...


Yeah, deeply disconcerting, if this wasn't the political equivalent of toe nail clippings.

10:13 am, August 13, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a ward where Michael Keith won 72% of the vote in a by-election when he won in 1994.

What a pile of crap the Labour Party has turned into that it thinks a privatising failed council leader is its best hope of winning what should be a rock solid Labour seat.

11:27 pm, August 13, 2007

Blogger Conall McDevitt said...

Bis question is when will Mr Brown go to the country. Trends suggest he shuld.

7:08 am, August 15, 2007

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Anonymous Omar Salem said...

I think this is probably more likely to be a case of former Lib Dem and Tory voters voting tactically for Labour rather than against!

10:50 am, August 21, 2007

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