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 13, 2009

Council by-election results

Last night's council by-election results:

Maryfield Ward, Dundee UA. SNP gain from Lab. First Round STV result: SNP 1550 (47.6%, +3.2), Lab 1013 (31.1%; +0.5), LD 354 (10.9%, -2.2), Con 224 (6.9%, -1.4), SSP 52 (1.6%, -0.4), Ind 35 (1.1%, +1.1), Ind 28 (0.9%, +0.9). Swing of 1.4% from Lab to SNP since 2007.

Bowthorpe Ward, Norwich CC. Con hold. Con 915 (35.8%, -10.2), Lab 761 (29.8%, -5.7), LD 686 (26.8%, +19.7), Green 193 (7.6%, -3.8). Swing of 2.3% from Con to Lab since 2008. This ward is in Norwich South (Charles Clarke's seat) which is both the joint number 2 parliamentary target seat for the Green Party (with Lewisham Deptford and after Brighton Pavilion) and the number 156 target seat for the Tories.

Parr Ward, St Helens MBC. Lab hold. Lab 851 (48.2%, -15.3), LD 551 (31.2%, +5.5), BNP 183 (10.4%, +10.4), Ind 98 (5.6%, +5.6), Con 55 (3.1%, -7.7), Green 27 (1.5%, +1.5). Swing of 10.4% from Lab to LD since 2008.

Rainhill Ward, St Helens MBC. Lab hold. Lab 1562 (45.6%, -6), LD 1059 (30.9%, +17.4), Con 512 (14.9%, -11.1), BNP 215 (6.3%, -2.6), Green 80 (2.3%, +2.3). Swing of 11.7% from Lab to LD since 2008.

Hartland and Bradworthy Ward, Torridge DC. LD gain from Ind. LD 786 (63.4%, +24.6), Con 317 (25.6%, +25.6), UKIP 103 (8.3%, -6.2), Ind 33 (2.7%, -32.6). Swing of 0.5% from LD to Con since 2007.

A good week for the LDs ... and yet another one where the Tory poll lead does not seem to be translating into votes on the ground.

2 Comments:

Blogger Andreas Paterson said...

For a bit more on Bowthorpe the result is not entirely surprising although the Conservative majority is vastly reduced over last year.

The size of the Lib dem vote is surprising because I didn't see many Lib Dems when I was out, I suspect they intensified their campaign towards the end since they had were concentrating on another by-election up to that point. Both ourselves and the Tories were out in force and campaigning quite heavily.

Green result is not all that surprising since they did virtually zero campainging and have never been that strong in Bowthorpe.

11:42 am, March 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lib Dems hit Rainhill very hard,the death of a long serving and much liked Labour Councillor in the ward was a real blow and the Lib Dem campaign was a shameful disgrace-they really are the nasty party.Thankfully the voters saw through it and stayed with Labour.

1:13 pm, March 13, 2009

 

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