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, March 14, 2008

Council by-election results

Last night's council by-election results:

Horsehay & Lightmoor Ward, Telford & Wrekin: Con gain from Ind.

Wrockwardine Ward, Telford & Wrekin: Con hold.

Queen's Park Ward, Brent. LD hold. LD 1242 (47%), Lab 851 (32%), Con 292 (11%), Green 239 (9%). Disappointing result for Labour in a ward we had hoped to regain. Green vote squeezed heavily by LDs as in other recent London by-elections. LD up 9%, Lab up 1%, Con down 3.5%, Green down 6.5%.

Water Park Ward, Cotswold DC. LD gain from Con with 16% swing.

Gresham Ward, Middlesborough. Lab hold.

Marton West Ward, Middlesborough. Com hold.

Marlborough Ward, Harrow. Lab hold. Lab 972, LibDem 628, Con 507, BNP 94, Ind 74, Green 71. Labour down 2.1%, LD up 2.7%, Con down 10.8% and falling from second to third.

Wantage Charlton Ward, Vale of the White Horse. Con gain from LD on 2.6% swing.

Grove and Wantage Division, Oxfordshire County Council. LD hold.

Wallingford Division, Oxfordshire County Council. Ind gain from LD.

The Brent and Harrow results suggest a lack of Tory traction in a GLA Division which is itself a Tory marginal and could be critical to Boris Johnson's chances of winning on 1 May.


Anonymous Andrea said...

Wantage Charlton Ward, Vale of the White Horse. Result to come.

Grove and Wantage Division, Oxfordshire County Council. Result to come.

According to a comment on pb.com last night, the county division was a LD hold whilst the District ward a Con gain....or the opposite!

9:11 am, March 14, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

2624 people voted yesterday in Queen's Park, but how many children did not go to School yesterday to facilitate the provision of polling stations?

Why does this country insist at every minor election of depriving children of a day's school to use just one room of the school as a polling station. 600+ children from Kensal Rise School and 700+ children from Salusbury school had no education in the cause of democracy. Is this a good use of resources?

Anon resident of Queen's Park

8:58 pm, March 14, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Blame Brent council - they choose the polling stations.

In Hackney we no longer use schools as polling stations if another location option exists, to avoid this kind of disruption.

10:48 pm, March 14, 2008

Anonymous Dan said...

Navin Shah is needs both to address constituents and be seen himself outside Harrow if the marginality of the Brent and Harrow GLA seat is to be tipped in Labour's favour come the elections.

11:24 am, March 16, 2008


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