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, December 19, 2008

Council By-Election Results

Last night's council by-election results. Some real cliffhangers:

Kells & Sandwith Ward, Cumbria CC. Lab hold. Lab 434 (41.7%, -24.2), BNP 418 (40.1%, +40.1), Con 190 (18.2%, +1.3). Swing of 32.3% from Lab to BNP since 2005.

Thrapston Lakes Ward, E Northants DC. Con hold. Con 475 (63.9%, +3.9), Lab 168 (22.3%, +22.3), UKIP 111 (14.7, -26.2). Swing of 9.2% from Con to Lab since 2007.

Newchurch Ward, Isle of Wight UA. LD gain from Con. LD 389 (39.7%, +39.7), Con 377 (38.5%, -8), Ind 213 (21.8%, +9.4). Swing of 23.9% from Con to LD.

Weston Super Mare Clarence & Uphill Ward, N Somerset UA. Con hold on drawing of lots! Con 477 (27.5%, -33.6), Ind 477 (27.5%, +27.5), LD 421 (24.3%, -4.1), Ind 228 (13.1%, +13.1), Lab 132 (7.6%, -2.9). Swing of 30.6% from Con to Ind since 2007.

Ibstock & Heather Ward, NW Leics DC. Con hold. Con 660 (31.5%, +8.7), BNP 647 (30.9%, +2.7), Lab 614 (29.3%, -1.6), LD 174 (8.3%, -9.9). Swing of 3% from BNP to Con since by-election in January this year.

Glyncoch Ward, Rhondda Cynon Taff BC. Lab hold. Lab 217 (50.5%, -17.7), Ind 143 (33.3%, +33.3), Plaid 47 (10.9%, -20.8), Communist 12 (2.8%, +2.8), Con 11 (2.6%, +2.6). Swing of 25.5% from Lab to Ind since May 2008.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

bnp moving onwards and upwards in 2009

3:09 pm, December 19, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Its the crazy directives that come from the overpaid bureaucrats OF Brussels, that fall into the hands of the BNP. If the BNP were elected, this country would be isolated and we would not trade with anyone. All borders would be closed and the coastline built up with concrete and barbed wire, you would not even be allowed on the beach.The Country would end up like Zimbabwe!

Its time people had a proper alternation to neo Conservative policies. John McDonnell or J Cruddass should take over the leadership of the LP!

7:57 pm, December 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...


What makes you think that you or I would remain alive if the British Nonces Party ever came to power ?

Meantime Anon would you care to comment about this ?



8:39 pm, December 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have nothing to fear from the bnp unless found guilty of treason

8:47 pm, December 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if mcdonnel or cruddas were leaders of the labour party they would still be fixated with multicultulism and white working class boys would still be left on the scrap heap when leaving school and ethnics would still jump to the front of the housing lists so no thanks i think i would rather take my chances with the bnp at least there is a chance i might be better off under them as opposed to the present lot whom under we have no chance

8:54 pm, December 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"you have nothing to fear from the bnp unless found guilty of treason

8:47 PM, December 19, 2008"

And I will be proud to be guilty of treason, as classified by the British Nonces Party !!!!

Or as Winston Churchill - that great Anti Fascist said, "You can always take one with you !"


11:53 pm, December 19, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

gw you calling us the british nonces party is wearing a bit thin its just not funny anymore you need another angle your boring everyone and as for winston churchill i think he would be disgusted with what has happened to this once great country and im sure if he was alive today he would be squarely on the side of the bnp .and get your history right we did not go to war against the nazi,s we went to war against the germans who were trying to take over the world if hitler and the nazi,s had not invaded poland we would not have gone to war we would have left the nazi,s in power and what the nazi,s have to do with the bnp i havent got a clue .thats like saying you reds are responsable for the crimes of stalin or chairman mao or even pol pot the list goes on thats the past this is now and the bnp is coming wether you like it or not the one thing you cant defeat is an idea and the british people are beginning to get the idea as well and we will go from strength to strength whilst you on the left are getting weaker and weaker after too many years of failure to protect our country from invasion

8:37 am, December 20, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

The only reason the BNP are gaining strength is because of Labour policies. Workers across the country are now feeling the affects of Labours pro European and immigration policies.

Now unemployment is growing people will blame immigration for their situation. Is it any surprise that the North West has seen something like a 7% increase in unemployment in recent months.....and then a 30% increase in BNP support.

Virtually all the jobs created by this government have been taken by an immigrant worker and that is a fact published this week. When people see this they will obviously turn to the only party that seeks to stop this practice.

I personally don't employ anyone who doesn't have a British passport. Easy to do considering that is now a legal requirement for the employee to provide such information before being offered employment.

It is an absolute disgrace how this Labour government has treated British workers. The sole purpose of this government has been to force down wages to control inflation using migrant workers as a tool. Well now the game is over we all have to pay for a decade of bad government.

It has taken almost a century to make this country a harmonious place to live. Now I fear people in some parts of the country will start blaming the actual immigrants for the lack of jobs. I hope people remember that it is not the fault of the those coming to this country but the government that allowed this to happen.

10:22 am, December 20, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The BNP can influence those with a much lower IQ and outlook.

The message from them is simple and clear, its the immigrants causing the problem of UE and Housing shortage. Those inadequately, poorly-educated people in low paid dead end jobs or on benefits, will always listen to simple messages!

The government has held onto the policies they inherited from the Tories in 1997. If the Tories had not been ousted in 1997 and were still in power now, would we have noticed much difference today?

The NL Right wing always gets back up from the Tories in the House.

Its time Labour sent out simple messages, by changing direction and supporting its own class, the way the Tories supports the Rich and big business!

Working class people have been betrayed!

11:56 am, December 20, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"gw you calling us the british nonces party is wearing a bit thin its just not funny"

Its not ment to be funny -Its accurate!

http://lancasteruaf.blogspot.com/2008/10/homegrown-british-terrorists-extreme.html - just one of the any examples

British Nonces Party


12:36 pm, December 20, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

GW go onto the green arrow website he has lists of labour lib dem and tory members who have been arrested for being nonces are you sure your not one your self you do protest a lot thats usually a clue and just take a look at betty grable of searchlight and communist party fame he looks a proper nonce to me so unless you want to debate politics piss off back to the 6th form please and leave it to us adults ok theres a good nonce

1:50 pm, December 20, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

On the whole EU workers largely occupy roles which white working class young men don't want. Low paid, catering industry, etc - or skilled tradesmen which the unqualifird cannot do.

Essentially, their role as 'aristocrats of labour' has gone and with the fundamental shift away from mass manufacturing, I don't see it coming back.

This is bound to make the BNP message palatable, but nonsensical, nonetheless. If we are to share work around then there must be a strict maximum hours worked, and no overtime allowed. Plenty of people want to work part time but many employers don't like that - including the public sector, and higher education. That must change.

Neither of the areas concerned have any black population to speak of - Cumbria is Britain's whitest county, and that part of Leicestershire is similar. The fears are not based on reality but on propaganda which stirs their sense of not being privileged any longer.

5:48 pm, December 20, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Its just another sick Nazi party full of perverts!

But while you have an underclass of white people with no future, neglected by NLP and often patronised by MP's isn't it any wonder they turn to the Nazi's?

This underclass on benefits years ago would have been proud working class people. These days in almost every industry there are written assessments and the underclass don't have the ability to pass these tests. Even a Road Sweeper must do a written test?

Years ago there was jobs for these people as long as they had broad shoulders they got taken on.

Now these people are being bullied by the State to get a job or lose benefits in a time of recession and UE going up-where are these underclass people going to turn to?

7:00 pm, December 20, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Mersey mike, if you are correct in saying that industry is not coming back to the UK then what is the UK to do? Service sector jobs do not pay enough to live and since we all can't join the professions I see no reason for these jobs to be undercut by immigrant workers.

This whole debate isn't just about the colour of someones skin it is about access to work. Talk to most British people and that includes all races and they are all worried about immigration and the effects on the labour market.

Mike you talk about tradesmen, but we have been flooded with tradesmen from abroad despite having enough home grown tradesmen and women here. I know for a fact that many youngsters have not been able to complete their apprenticeships due to cheap workers from abroad, Some young people have all the qualifications but can't get an NVQ because they can't find a placement.

Ignore this problem at your peril as the working classes will not tolerate this. If you want riots, soaring crime then you are heading in the right direction.

12:12 am, December 21, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...


Obtaining Trades people by importing them into the Country is not always the best option, while we have so many manual and semi-skilled workers here. These people are more than capable of doing skilled work, they require placements and college places, just think how much better these people would and their self esteem and confidence would boost.

In a few years time I have heard that 100,000 NHS workers are due for retirement, it should not be ruled out to train British workers to replace them, rather than just importing workers. More serious training needs to be given to the British workers, even if they have a job skill training should be available to everyone even if they have to pay 1 day week paid release from duty to attend it would be a quality investment which would save money in the long term.

UE leads to bad society and total despair, if people have skills then they will be more in demand and be able to live above basic existence levels.

1:37 pm, December 21, 2008

Anonymous Rich said...

Couldn't agree more Mark. We need to invest heavily in those that are working as well as those that are not.

We also need to make sure all skilled work is regulated making sure that everyone is qualified to work in the UK. This is what happens in Germany, France and Australia.

I feel for many young people who are trying to get into the workplace. It isn't easy to get the skills needed for a well paid job thesedays. No one is training anymore as it is deemed uncompetitive.

5:40 pm, December 21, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...


If a worker does plumbing they should have a recognised certificate-The same for Electricians and any other Tradesman/Women/person.

How many times have the Authorities employed these people only to find they've done a bad job, but can't be traced, as they are either Pikes or from the outer parts of Europe and not registered?

6:42 pm, December 21, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...


Watch out Luke?

This is part of your Borough!

Hackney Green Party is contesting a winnable by-election in Stoke Newington on 29th January. We came second here last time and it was the third highest Green vote in London at the London Assembly elections in May. We can and should win it this time, IF we can get enough people out speaking to voters and delivering our newsletters. To offer your help

6:47 pm, December 21, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its pointless voting for the green party they favour an open door policy on immigration which does not seem very green to me .all them extra mouths to feed house to build on green belt sites just to accomodate everyone then there is problem of having to use even more of our scant resourses such as water and energy to be truly green you would surely oppose the swamping of our land with ever increasing numbers but i guess they are not brave enough to come out against immigration in case they are branded rascists but if you are going to be green do it properly or not at all

9:30 pm, December 21, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Blair and Brown made a big mistake more worse than ever losing an election for doing the right thing.

The bloody idiots should have ditched those stupid Tory policies!

They should have regulated the economy and re-nationalised our infrastructure and rebuilt manufacturing!

Instead we now have a hangover from the last Tory government of boom and bust-Stupid astronomical housing inflation again-It failed in 1988 why did they folloew the Tory agenda?

There is nothing wrong with the LP it just has to be re-directed to the correct way!

The Tories are even more to blame as when NLP bring in right wing legislation those Tories side with the NLP cabinet in voting for it, while the left of the LP vote against. Motions put forward by decent MP's get defeated by the right wing NLP and Tories. Don't fall into the trap believing the Tories will be your saviours, because these are the ones supporting the crap we have now!

11:49 pm, December 21, 2008

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


I am watching out. I'm the Agent for the by-election in question. I expect the Greens to throw the kitchen sink at it, as it is probably one of their top target wards in London. Should be an exciting contest.

9:06 am, December 22, 2008

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The Greens are really going to Town on this one?

12:23 am, December 23, 2008


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