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.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Council by-elections

Thursday night's council by-election results - rather belatedly as I am on holiday::

Charnwood DC, Loughborough Disgley and Hathern Ward. Lab hold. Lab 838 (49.7%; +5.0), Con 490 (29.1%; -9.7), BNP 234 (13.9%; -2.6), LD 107 (6.4%; +6.4), National Front 16 (0.9%; +0.9). Swing of 7.4% from Con to Lab since 2007. In a Labour-held parliamentary marginal.

Chichester BC, E Wittering Ward. Con hold. Con 410 (40.3%; +6.6), LD 364 (35.8%; +7.0), BNP 125 (12.3%; +12.3), Lab 69 (6.8%; -0.4), UKIP 49 (4.8%; +4.8). Swing of 0.2% from Con to LD since 2007.

East Devon DC, Alderholt Ward. Con hold. Con 499 (53.0%; -12.5), LD 442 (47.0%; +19.7). Swing of 16.1% from Con to LD since 2007.

Hambleton DC, Whitestonecliffe Ward. Con hold.  Con 343 (75.2%), Ind 113 (24.8%). Uncontested in 2007.

Merthyr Tydfil CBC, Town Ward. Lab gain from LD. Lab 580 (35.7%; +16.7), LD 461 (28.4%; -18.1), Ind 277 (17.0%; -1.8), Ind 125 (7.7%; +7.7), Ind 110 (6.8%; +6.8), Plaid 72 (4.4%; -11.3). Swing of 17.4% from LD to Lab this May.

Ribble Valley BC,  Billington and Old Langho Ward. Con gain from LD. Con 350 (61.1%; +10.3), LD 181 (31.6%; -17.6), Lab 42 (7.3%; +7.3). Swing of 14% from LD to Con since 2007.

Spelthorne BC, Ashford East Ward. Con hold.  Con 858 (51.7%; -1.4), LD 452 (27.3%; +13.4), UKIP 185 (11.2%; +11.2), Lab 163 (9.8%; -3.1). Swing of 7.4% from Con to LD since 2007.

LB Westminster, Lancaster Gate Ward. Con hold. Con 805 (60.3%; -4.4), LD 325 (24.3%;+6.6), Lab 205 (15.4%; -2.3). Swing of 5.5% from Con to LD since 2006.

Wolverhampton MBC, Wednesfield North Ward. Con hold. Con 1295 (45.3%; +0.1), Lab 1072 (37.5%; +3.0), BNP 337 (11.8%; -3.6), LD 156 (5.5%; +0.5). Swing of 1.5% from Con to Lab since 2007.

Wolverhampton MBC Wednesfield South Ward. Con hold. Con 1123 (45.2%; -16.1), Lab 867 (34.9%; +8.0), BNP 358 (14.4%; +14.4), LD 134 (5.4%; -1.4). Swing of 12.1% from Con to Lab since 2007.


Anonymous swimmer6foot4 said...

Stoke Newington has a long and noble tradition of playing host to dissenters and non-conformists but I suspect the irony, banning a dissenting author from Stokey library, is lost on the small-minded jobsworthy of Hackney Town Hall.

3:06 pm, October 26, 2008

Anonymous Hackney Junkets r US said...

£60,000 to send Hackney primary school headteachers on a junket to Arizona to learn about educating children in deprived areas!!!! Why wasn't the conference held in Hackney for Gods sake? This is an obscene waste of tax payers money and even more so when most of the borough are facing a terrible winter with high food and heating bills. Your support for this corrupt holiday is not surprising.

You are a horrible person

Shame on you, not that you care one iota what your constituents think

6:20 pm, October 26, 2008

Anonymous John said...

"Why wasn't the conference held in Hackney for Gods sake?"

Presumably because the deprived children being successfully educated in Arizona are, er, in Arizona, and their parents don't want to send them to Hackney to be watched by curious English Headteachers?

8:40 pm, October 26, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

What a strange bunch of results, in particular Charnwood. I take it this doesn't include Woodhouse Eves?

9:05 pm, October 26, 2008

Anonymous broncodelsey said...

No more boom or bust.

11:14 pm, October 26, 2008

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10:21 am, October 27, 2008

Anonymous Dave H said...

Hackney junkets r us - I'd just like to point out that some teachers from my CONSERVATIVE controlled authority went on this trip as well, so presenting it as some sort of personal moral failing on behalf of Mr Akehurst is not quite fair!

11:02 am, October 27, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

No: 1 Tory government: 79-97
No: 2 Tory government 97-08?

12:49 am, October 28, 2008


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