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Friday, August 21, 2009

Council by-elections

Some interesting results yesterday:

Hucknall Central Ward, Ashfield DC. LD gain from Ind. LD 463 (32.3%, +19.6), Lab 392 (27.3%, +1.7), Con 320 (22.3%, -5.7), UKIP 181 (12.6%, +12.6), Ind 79 (5.5%, -28.2). Swing of 8.9% from Lab to LD since 2007.

Stanley Ward, Blackpool UA. Con hold. Con 648 (32.8%, -28.3), Lab 602 (30.5%, +5.2), LD 332 (16.8%, +3.1), UKIP 203 (10.3%, +10.3), BNP 192 (9.7%, +9.7). Swing of 16.8% from Con to Lab since 2007. Tory vote hit by allegations about donations from a local property developer.

Mitcheldean & Drybrook Ward, Forest Of Dean DC. LD gain from Ind. LD 638 (55.1%, +36.2), Ind 239 (20.6%, -18.3), Con 195 (16.8%, -5.8), Lab 86 (7.4%, -12.2). Swing of 27.3% from Ind to LD since 2007.

Saxilby Ward, West Lindsey DC. Con gain from LD. Con 722 (60.6%, +22.4), LD 407 (34.2%, -27.6), UKIP 62 (5.2%, +5.2). Swing of 25% from LD to Con since 2008. The Tory winner had been the LD councillor and stood down to fight a by-election when they defected.


Blogger Neil80 said...

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3:25 pm, August 21, 2009

Blogger Neil80 said...

Do these really tell us anything though? I suspect as they are local by-elections that national issues took a back seat. I can't imagine many people being bothered to turn out mid week to send a message to the government.

The general election is unfortunately I believe a foregone conclusion. Dave Cameron has got the ball on the spot and all he needs to do is slide it past the dodgy keeper. Surely he can't hoof it over the bar?

3:27 pm, August 21, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Labour have blown it and did very little in the 12 years!

1997 was the end of boom and bust yet they continued to let the property market astronomically overinflated without adequate regulation and control-So on the one hand living standards were raised but only to be wiped out any gains in the cost of housing! all they could do is follow those stupid Americans in their Cruzades!

10:33 pm, August 21, 2009

Blogger southhackneypunter said...

The amazing thing about these results is that there was a property developer left in Blackpool to have made a donation to anyone (fyi: by-election was tiggered by the death of the fabulously Trollopean-named mayor Granville Heap).

Developers bought up Blackpool in 2005 when it looked set to be awarded super-casino status (aka: native american reservation status), when that plan came up double-zero they all scarpered again!

On an unconnected note, a series of mysterious sea-front fires have swept Blackpool since property values there sunk back below the sands.

11:37 am, August 22, 2009

Blogger Merseymike said...

The Hucknall result is dire - a formerly solid Labour area in marginal Sherwood constituency

5:46 pm, August 23, 2009


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