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, November 14, 2008

Council By-Election Results

Last night's council by-election results:

Fenside Boston Ward, Boston BC. BNP gain from Boston Bypass Ind. BNP 279 (42.9%, +42.9), BBI 141 (21.7%, -21.6), Con 119 (18.3%, n/c), Lab 64 (9.8%, -14), UKIP 24 (3.7%, -10.9), LD 23 (3.5%, +3.5). Swing of 32.3% from BBI to BNP since 2007.

North Road Ward, Darlington UA. LD gain from (former LD) Independent. LD 561 (50.8%, -4.2), Lab 262 (23.7%, n/c), Con 115 (10.4%, -1), BNP 106 (9.6%, -0.3), Ind 60 (5.4%, +5.4). Swing of 2.1% from LD to Lab since 2007.

Markfield Ward, Hinckley & Bosworth DC. Con hold. Con 637 (35.2%, -0.1), Lab 521 (28.8%, -11.7), LD 390 (21.5%, +12.8), BNP 263 (14.5%, -1). Swing of 5.8% from Lab to Con since 2007.

Coronation Ward, Wokingham UA. Con hold. Con 850 (53.2%, n/c), LD 675 (42.2%, +4.5), UKIP 74 (4.6%, -0.2). Swing of 2.3% from Con to LD since 2007.


Anonymous Rich said...

Is it any wonder the Boston (Holbeach) is now BNP. This region has been swamped by immigrant labour and this is the result. Every British worker in this area has been undercut and many work for way below the min wage due to the lack of enforcement.

2:52 pm, November 14, 2008

Blogger anonymous said...

My sister works with a lot of BNP supporters and they are all middle class people working for an oil giant and receive excellent pay and conditions.

Explain that then, Rich.

6:06 pm, November 14, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Obviously then Boston is full of middle class oil moguls. The fact is the fens has been one of the worst places for migrant workers due to large scale agriculture and processing.......the result reflects that and has very little to do with racism and everything to do with people feeling angry about jobs and wages.

7:27 pm, November 14, 2008

Anonymous Simon said...

"Is it any wonder the Boston (Holbeach) is now BNP."

Holbeach is not in Boston, it is a separate town 17 miles away in South Holland district.

A ward in Holbeach did have a BNP councillor for a period when a Tory defected to them, but he lost in 2007. The ward which the BNP won on Thursday is in the town of Boston itself.

1:39 am, November 15, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

The Boston result appears to be the outcome of very weak showings by all the conventional parties - which clearly isn't being replicated everywhere but appears to be a characteristic of BNP success.

The migrant workers concerned are likely to be from the EU and so have a right to be here. Of course, locals could take the jobs on offer, but its pretty clear they don't want them given that they are and always have been, low paid and seasonal.

As we are not about to leave the EU, there will continue to be some migrant workers in the UK

10:56 am, November 16, 2008


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