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, September 04, 2009

Council by-elections

Two wildly contrasting results for Labour last night - a very good hold in Plymouth and a loss of a previously safe ward in Chatham, partly because of controversy over candidate selection:

Hallow Ward, Malvern Hills DC. LD gain from Con. LD 504 (61.6%, +16.5), Con 314 (38.4%; -16.5). Swing of 16.5% from Con to LD since 2007.

Luton & Wayfield Ward, Medway UA. Con gain from Lab. Con 1042 (36.9%, +10.8), Lab 1038 (36.7%, -12.3), LD 223 (7.9%, +7.9), UKIP 200 (7.1%, +7.1), BNP 186 (6.6%, +6.6), Ind 87 (3.1%, +3.1), Green 51 (1.8%, +1.8). Swing of 11.6% from Lab to Con since 2007.

Ham Ward, Plymouth CC. Lab hold. Lab 1243 (44%, +2.7), Con 676 (23.9%, -15.7), UKIP 442 (15.6%, +15.6), Ind 204 (7.2%, +7.2), LD 181 (6.4%, -6.8), BNP 82 (2.9%, +2.9). Swing of 9.2% from Con to Lab since 2007.

Southwick Ward, Wiltshire CC. Ind gain from Con. Ind 385 (37.2%, +37.2), LD 315 (30.5%, -8), Con 273 (26.4%, -34.3)UKIP 61 (5.9%, +5.9). Swing of 22.6% from LD to Ind since June this year.


Anonymous Paul said...

Bottom line, and one which I know you'll appreciate - Plymouth has v good, well organised local Labour party. Follow @councillortudor on twitter to realise that. Oh, and Plymouth Tory council is trying to ban him from using twitter, so follow him quick.

Very good news that you're home. Luke, btw (from no. 2 cllr blogger to esteemed no.1). All the best for the next stages.

1:07 pm, September 04, 2009

Blogger David Boothroyd said...

There was a fourth - Malvern Hills district council, Hallow ward, a straight fight between Dean Richard Clarke (Liberal Democrat) and Nancy Doyle (Conservative). Result awaited.

1:18 pm, September 04, 2009

Blogger Merseymike said...

Interesting. I do wonder how many right-wing Tories, not enamoured of Cameron, might vote UKIP

3:51 pm, September 04, 2009

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Thanks David, have added it in.

4:55 pm, September 04, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke - one of the knitters, or possbily trainspotters, by the guilotine.

It's over for you, matey. And this desperate attempt to discern an electoral revival from this psephology is like my old grandma predicting world events looking into her tea cup.

Better get yourelf over to John Redwood's blog and find out what the future is.

And while I'm here. I couldn't help noticing that Hackney Council featured on the telly last night having just obliterated a Banksy.

A piss-poor council and getting poorer by the minute.

3:24 pm, September 05, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If everyone read John Redwood's blog to see what his view of the future is we would have Labour landslide larger than 1997!! Get reading!!!

9:49 pm, September 05, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

If Labour had been any good the Tories would have been buried a long time ago!

Labour should look after the working class as the Tories pamper their rich spiv non essential classes?

The non-essential classes should have been eradicated by now!

10:25 pm, September 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Still ...

I've got some good and very very good news for you.

I can guarantee you will be taking it up the arse for the next 15 years.

Take it like a man.

Cough please, and leave my surgery by the side entrance.

1:45 am, September 07, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Would I be correct in saying, that the previous post was from a despicable crude philistine Right wing Arsehole?

11:00 am, September 07, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The Labour party has lost links with the working classes and its time they ditched these right wing policies by looking after the people rather than the sponging banks!

11:04 am, September 07, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Still News is providing endless comfort and joy to those of us who never signed up to the movement's project.

He's obviously core Labour, or "unreconstructed wankers", as Alistair Campbell put it.

And guaranteed to keep Labour out of power for the next 15 years or so.

2:14 pm, September 07, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

You spineless moron hiding behind an anonymous id being ridiculously rude, crude and ignorant-you are trash and should be recycled into compost then you may have some use in society!

Labour have only been in power
because they are the best out of a bad bunch, not because they are a brilliant party! The Tories don't belong in this century, but because New right wing Labour have been so bad they are miles ahead in the polls and the bets are on Conservatives winning the election its a disgrace!

3:42 pm, September 07, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't bother acknowledging such Tory wankers, it seems that he can't get medical treatment without taking it up the arse every time he visits his Doctors surgery and sounds like he's the one who has been really fucked for the last 15 years, perhaps he lives in the USA?

11:07 pm, September 07, 2009

Anonymous teresa said...

The Luton & Wayfield result is partly as you say due to LP internal problems but it was also because the Tory candidate is an ex gurkha which went down very well in an area with such strong armed forces links.

12:46 pm, September 13, 2009


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