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 18, 2009

Council by-elections

Yesterday's results:

Ripley & Marehay Ward, Amber Valley DC. Lab hold. Lab 585 (52.4%, +23.7), Con 531 (47.6%, -2.3). Swing of 13% from Con to Lab since 2008.

Sparkbrook Ward, Birmingham City Council. Respect hold. Respect 2495 (39.6%, -1.9), Lab 2228 (35.4%, -3.1), Con 799 (12.7%, +7.6), LD 506 (8%, +1.6), Green 213 (3.4%, +0.1), Ind 55 (0.9%, +0.9). Swing of 0.6% from Lab to Respect since 2008.

Amersham Division, Bucks CC. Con hold. Con 1840 (46.6%, -3.9), LD 1768 (44.8%, +0.1), UKIP 140 (3.5%, +3.5), Lab 106 (2.7%, -2.2), Green 95 (2.4%, +2.4). Swing of 2% from Con to LD since June this year.


Water Park Ward, Cotswold DC. LD hold. LD 894 (71.7%, +16.2), Con 353 (28.3%, -16.2). Swing of 16.2% from Con to LD since March 2008.

Beacon Ward, Newark & Sherwood DC. Con hold. Con 413 (48.2%, -0.7), LD 296 (34.6%, +7.8), Lab 147 (17.2%, -7.1). Swing of 4.3% from Con to LD since 2007.


Newark East Division, Notts CC. Con hold. Con 517 (45.2%, -6.4), LD 322 (28.1%, -2.3), Lab 198 (17.3%, -0.7), UKIP 107 (9.4%, +9.4). Swing of 2.1% from Con to LD since June this year.

South Bank Ward, Redcar & Cleveland BC. Lab hold. Lab 442 (43.6%, -6.1), LD 354 (34.9%, +17.8), Ind 102 (10.1%, +1.6), UKIP 69 (6.8%, +6.8), Con 47 (4.6%, +0.1). Swing of 12% from Lab to LD since Oct 2008.

Overall not good results for the Tories. The Amber Valley one shows the impact on Labour of the BNP standing or not standing in a key parliamentary marginal - with a BNP candidate running in 2008 the Tories won this ward. There are mutterings about foul play in the Sparkbrook campaign due to the very high number of postal votes rejected -387 - because of non-matching signatures or dates of birth.

5 Comments:

Anonymous thepoliteer said...

Poor results for all three of the main parties... surprisingly poor for the Tory's considering the zeitgeist at the moment. The only major winners here seem to be UKIP. It would be nice if we saw the right wing vote split significantly in next years election. Do you think Cameron is starting to be concerned here? It will be interesting to see if this colours his approach to Europe as the election approaches.

5:22 pm, September 18, 2009

 
Blogger Silent Hunter said...

Have you seen the latest ICM Poll?

Labour THIRD . . . behind the LibDems.

Y E S !

6:54 pm, September 18, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out!

The Greens are set to take Brighton in the General Election and the fast rate of the English Democrat Party membership growth will eat into the Labour Heartlands!

10:47 pm, September 18, 2009

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

So where's this ICM poll then Silent Hunter? It appears not to exist.

10:24 am, September 21, 2009

 
Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Aha, the ICM poll is out now.

CON 43 (+2) LAB 26 (+1) LD 19 (nc)

Not good for Labour but 7% above the LDs when Silent Hunter said we would be third behind them.

9:28 pm, September 21, 2009

 

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