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Friday, February 15, 2008

Council by-election results

Last night's council by-election results:

Tulketh Ward, Preston. Lab hold. Lab 423, LD 400, Con 292, Respect SWP 84, Green 36. Lab down 14.6%, Con down 10.4%, LDs up 15.3%.

Leyton Ward, Waltham Forest. LD gain from Lab. LD 1360, 56%, Labour 695, 28.6%, Respect SWP 176, 7.2%, Con 108, 4.4%, Green 90, 3.7%. This was the by-election caused by the conviction and disqualification of Labour Councillor (and Compass Board Member...) Miranda Grell for "making a false statement of fact about the LD candidate's personal character" in 2006, so not really a surprising result. Swing of about 13.5% from Lab to LD. The Respect SWP candidate was Carole Vincent who appeared in the last series of Big Brother.

Streeton Ward, E Staffs. Con hold. Con 661, Lab 366, BNP 327, Popular Alliance 233, LD 205.

Dromore Ward, Banbridge. UUP hold in a mainly DUP part of Northern Ireland.

Elgin City South Ward, Moray. SNP hold. Labour vote down 11% and independent overtaking us to come second.


Blogger Alasdair Ross said...

The N Ireland vowas quite an important one as it was the first place that a new Unionist Party stood- I think they are called TUVTraditional Ulster Voice and if they had won it would have been a step backwards in the "normality" process

9:35 am, February 15, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No sign of Posh Dave's party making a huge leap in these then...

9:49 am, February 15, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

But every sign Labour is losing popularity.

It doesn't matter how we remove Labour just as long as we do.

10:21 am, February 15, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, the Leyton result is a little more subtle than just a protest vote against Labour because of Grell. Grell's name hardly featured on the doorstep. The Liberals have retained their core vote rather than gaining new votes. All that's happened is that the 700 extra voters who came out for Grell in 2006 stayed at home. The 700 who came out for Labour were the core 700 who vote Labour every local election. Despite what's happened to her, if people still think one person could gain an extra 700 votes just by calling someone names (on a candidate's list of 10 rather than a one-on-one fight) they are bonkers. The question needs to be asked why Labour, who held the seat, allowed a by election in the middle of February when everyone knew it would be a terrible time for Labour and far to close to Grell having lost her appeal. I hear people in the CLP (who don't get on with the Labour council leadership) hopping mad because they would have much preferred a by election May 1st (GLA day) when the weather and high profile nature of the Mayoral race would have virtually guaranteed a donkey with a red rose on keeping the Leyton ward seat.

4:15 pm, February 15, 2008

Anonymous lord london fields lido said...

You have to ask why she isn't "ex-compass board member" frankly.

That woman will rot in hell for what she did.

6:31 pm, February 17, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

I am pretty sure that she is....ex Compass board member, that is....

9:28 pm, February 17, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Correct, she resigned when she was kicked off the council.

8:39 am, February 18, 2008

Anonymous Andrea said...

Maybe if the Labour candidate had actually spent some time in Leyton instead of obviously putting more effort into triyng to further his parliamentary career up North, he might have got somewhere:


10:42 pm, February 18, 2008


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