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 01, 2008

Council by-election results

Just two council by-elections last night:

Kilsyth Ward, North Lanarkshire Council: Lab Hold with a vote of 64%, almost identical to last May.

Upavon Ward, Kennet DC: - Con Hold. Swing of just under 7% from Con to UKIP, with Labour getting a princely 27 votes (5.7%) and coming fifth, but at least we stood this time unlike last May.


Blogger Bill said...

How are they doing by-elections in Scotland 0- local councils are STV these days, are they just having a FPTP vote, or some sort of count-back?

8:07 am, February 01, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I believe they treat it as STV in a single member seat - i.e. AV. In this case there was no need to look at transfers because the Labour candidate won on first preferences by taking over 50%.

8:24 am, February 01, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

yes, they have STV for byelections too (which practically became AV if the byelection is just for 1 vacancy)

8:32 am, February 01, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Clear view how important the Europe is to the conservatives. If Cameron fails to make a decision on the referendum he may lose a lot more than 7%.

11:54 am, February 01, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

If anyone is interested, I looked at 1999 and 2003 results in Kilsyth

The Kilsyth multi members ward apparently is made up from old 64 65 and 66 single member wards.
Looking at 1999 and 2003 results…
Lab and SNP stood in all 3 of them. SSP stood in one (64) in 1999 and 2 (64 and 66) in 2003.
Turnout was:
1999: 61.33%
2003: 49.9%
2007: 58.73%
2008: 32.1%

The aggregated vote was:
1999: Lab 61.45% SNP 36.82% SSP 1,72%
2003: Lab 61.8% SNP 32.8% SSP 5,37%
2007 (first preferences): Lab 64.3% SNP 27.8% Con 4.9% SSP 3%
2008: Lab 63.37% SNP 30.4% Greens 2.2% Con 1.7% SSP 1.6% LD 0.58%

Labour don't seem to have suffered from a lower turnout.

11:55 am, February 01, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This election was brought about by the premature death of well respected Councillor Francis Griffin. The winning Labour candidate was his 22 year old son.
These circumstances may have contributed to the Labour voting holding up.

4:50 pm, February 05, 2008


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