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, August 08, 2008

Council by-elections

Last night's council by-election results:

Maldon North Ward, Maldon DC. Con gain from Ind. Con 339 (40.8%, +6.9), Green 200 (24.1%, +24.1), Ind 115 (13.9%, -21.4), BNP 107 (12.9%, +12.9), Ind 69 (8.3%, +8.3). Swing 8.6% from Con to Green since 2007.

Woolaton West Ward, Nottingham CC. Con hold. Con 2769 (62.2%, +16.6), Lab 1042 (23.4%, +3.1), LD 424 (9.5%, -4.2), UKIP 220 (4.9%, -4.1). Swing 6.8% from Lab to Con since 2007 but note that Labour vote share is up.

Newsham with Eppleby Ward, Richmondshire DC. Con hold. Con 295 (59.4%), LD 130 (26.2%), Ind 72 (14.5%). Conservatives were unopposed here in 2007.


Anonymous Jules Pipe in China said...

Hi Comrade

Jules here in Peking sorry Beijing with my bestest mates Guy Nicholson and Big Chief Exec Timmy Shields. Just to say were really missing you out here in our 5* Hotel and the flight over was just divine. We roared with laughter seeing Greenwich only spent £16k sending 6 council staff on this junket whilst Hackney council tax payers spent £30,000 sending just five of us over here. Don't worry we'll get you a pressie how about some fake goods from the child labour sweatshops. Just up your Stoke Newington Church Street.

See you soon Chairman Mao

8:26 pm, August 08, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Latest poll again shows Labour popularity falling even further, poll shows that Labour would be left with just 85 seats if an election was held this month.

Not a week goes by without Brown making a mess of something. The Tories don't even have to try....leave it to Brown the clunking fist.

9:13 pm, August 08, 2008

Anonymous Guy (hic!) Nicholson said...

Beijing? Hic! God, I don't remember a thing. Must have been something I ate. What are we doing here? Hic! I feel tired and emotional. Must be the jet lag. Pass the bottle, Jules. Hic!

1:39 am, August 09, 2008

Anonymous Chris said...

What do you think of this Luke?


A perfect example of what the Tories will be like in national government.

2:27 am, August 09, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Thankgod they are rejecting them, property prices are crashing and there really isn't much point pushing the poor onto the housing market in a falling market.

You lot make me laugh we have a PM that has continuously arrogantly boasted about no more boom and bust yet here we are in the worst housing crash for over 10 years and this is just the start of it. Can you imagine what this will be like in 2009, seriously you lot are deluded.


What on earth is this government doing pumping tax payers money into banks when there are 1000s of working families losing their homes and becoming homeless. They would be better off helping people with repayments via interest free loans and letting these greedy banks crash and burn.

These banks have been making billions year on year with not a care for the people they have been lending money to. Yet now it is all going wrong they want the tax payer to bail them out but we get no share in their profits.

8:43 am, August 09, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

Rich: do you seriously think that the Tories would be LESS supportive of the banks??

12:54 pm, August 09, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

No! but is that any reason to support this government and the next if they behave in this way.

This is a disgrace and is a misuse of tax payers money. We are fighting two wars on a shoe string budget, our NHS is now being rationed yet Brown has the nerve to pour another 20 billion down the drain.

Government have to learn they are there to serve and not to rule, otherwise we'll kick them. If they don't listen then we'll give another party a chance....such as the BNP.

3:45 pm, August 09, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

What I find crazy is that social security no longer pays the interest on peoples mortgage should they lose their job. I found this out on Friday following a meeting with a local housing charity that is helping families in great difficulty.

All mortgages after 1995 are no longer protected by the DHSS. Surely it would be wise to reinstate this right immediately to help those facing eviction. We can not afford to throw 100s of home owners into the rental market at the moment there just isn't the capacity.

Brown must be bold and face the facts that the solution isn't to try and kick start the housing market through tax cuts. He must take brave steps and use any money left in the budget to help those in arrears. Getting first time buyers onto a falling market in immoral and dangerous and could make the situation much worse.

1:26 pm, August 10, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

The point, Rich, is that in many ways the same policies would be pursued. I don't see any government or opposition as committed to the market as both NL and the Tories would ever tackle the question of the banks.

The BNP are a fringe fascist party preaching a dangerous populist creed. Criticising the main parties is no reason to back the BNP.

As for social security and mortgage payments, this was introduced under the Tory party. It again displays the difficulty of having such a domination of owner-occupation as a tenure. I'm not convinced that large amounts of public money can be permanently ploughed into this, however. The problem is the number of people who took out unrealistic mortgages. Payments are now much larger than rentals.

3:40 pm, August 10, 2008

Anonymous Steve Scott said...

I remember winning Wollaton West for Labour back in '95.

9:52 am, August 11, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Wasn't that Brandon Bravos old seat, I'm shocked that it was ever Labour. That's a very wealthy area if I remember correctly with some of the most expensive homes in Nottingham.

I lived in wollaton village on parkside for about 10 years. Lovely place our house backed onto a deer park.

10:15 pm, August 11, 2008


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