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, September 14, 2007

Council by-elections

Big crop of council by-election results last night:

3 Labour gains, 2 from Con, 1 from LD
2 Lib Dem gains from Con
1 Con gain from LD

Chelmsford BC, Broomfield and The Walthams Ward - LD gain from Tories on a swing of over 29%
Mendip DC, Glastonbury St Edmunds Ward - Con gain from LD
Rossendale BC, Goodshaw Ward - Lab gain from Con
Rossendale BC, Irwell Ward - Lab gain from Con
Rossendale BC, Whitewell Ward - LD gain from Con
Liverpool MDC, Warbreck Ward - Lab gain from LD on a huge swing
LB Brent, Stonebridge Ward - good Lab hold despite huge LD effort in marginal Brent Central parliamentary seat
LB Lewisham, Whitefoot Ward - LD hold but with majority cut by Labour from nearly 500 to 85 (swing 6.5% LD to Lab)
Conwy CC, Mochdre Ward - Lab hold with a hugely increased majority over Plaid in what had been a marginal ward
Tunbridge Wells, Pantiles and St Marks - Con Hold in a safe ward

Overall a very good Labour performance indicating that the Brown bounce in the opinion polls means something real on the ground.


Blogger Jackson Jeffrey Jackson said...


Have you got a link to the figures for the Stonebridge result? I had to leave before the count last night.

10:23 am, September 14, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Lab 1432
LibDem 864
Respect 237
Con 177
Green 51

10:34 am, September 14, 2007

Blogger Jackson Jeffrey Jackson said...


The most memorable response I got on the doorstep was "I was just on my out to vote for you lot until I saw Brown on the TV shaking hands with Her. Now you can f*** off!"

10:42 am, September 14, 2007

Anonymous Andrea said...

yes, finally a good week for Labour in local byelections. Previous weeks had produced mainly negative results, but it had to do mainly with the sample of byelections coming up (many wards with Lab in third and in not Lab held constituency).

Some other points on some contests:
The 3 Rossendale wards are all in a marginal constituency.
In Brent there has been a net swing to LD (who campaigned hard...they even had Ming paying a visit in the final week) but Lab vote held up well and the LDs squeeze the Tories. That's probably the main threat for Butler: LDs squeezing the Tories in wards coming from old Brent South (in old Brent East I suppose they have already squeezed them to their core vote)
Conwy ward was in Clwyd West constituency, a seat lost to the Tories in 2005 GE

12:59 pm, September 14, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

Also shows that Labour remain strong in the north, and that Cameron doesn't play well here.

12:10 am, September 15, 2007


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