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, November 09, 2007

Council by-election results

More evidence of the incredibly competitive state of the fight between the two main parties from last night's council by-elections:

Tamworth BC, Castle Ward - Lab gain from Con - Tory maj of 181 in May turned into Lab maj of 6. This is in a key parliamentary marginal with a majority of about 2,500.

Guildford BC, Holy Trinity Ward - Con gain from LD

Telford and Wrekin UA, Brookside Ward - Con gain from Lab picking up second seat in what had been a split ward in May


Blogger Andy Howell said...

Trying to make sense of by-election results at the moment is a bit like trying to read the tea leaves. Honestly. Things look very differently from region to region, as I know by working across so many.

Local issues are likely to be increasingly important in national elections - I reckon we'll see this exhibited in a major way at the next general.

10:15 am, November 10, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

wBut the aggregrate position is quite amazingly good compared to previous years.

In 2007 to date, Labour has made a net gain of 5 seats nationwide.

Whole year figures for previous years are:
2006 -9
2005 +1
2004 -14
2003 -18
2002 -14
2001 -5
2000 -38
1999 -31
1998 -43
1997 -30
1996 -17

3:12 pm, November 10, 2007

Blogger Andy Howell said...

True - but this includes the Brown bounce period and the 'we now know that Tony is "going period".

We've got another 18 months of by-elections to go yet - save your energy :-)

It's only the Libs who rant on about real election results - turnout, turnout, turnout!

4:05 pm, November 10, 2007


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