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, July 02, 2010

Council by-election results

Last night's council by-election results - general pattern of Tories losing vote share compared to their high water mark in 2007 and subsequent local elections, oddly a couple where LDs have picked up stunning wins against their national coalition partners:

Ribby with Wrea Ward, Fylde DC. Con gain from Ind. Con 292 (52.2%, +6.7), Ind 256 (45.8%, -8.7), 11 (2.0%, +2). Swing of 7.7% from Ind to Con since 2007.

Peel Ward, Hyndburn DC. Lab hold. Lab 596 (75.9%, +4.6), Con 189 (24.1%, -4.6). Swing of 4.6% from Con to Lab since May this year.

Tulse Hill Ward, LB Lambeth. Lab hold. Lab 1235 (52.2%, +1.4), LD 745 (31.5%, +3.8), Green 256 (10.8%, -1.1), Con 94 (4.0%, -5.6), UKIP 36 (1.5%, +1.5). Swing of 1.2% from Lab to LD since May this year.

Shepton West Ward, Mendip DC. LD gain from Con. LD 459 (41.7%, +17.8), Con 358 (32.5%, -12.8), Lab 241 (21.9%, -8.9), Green 44 (4.0%, +4). Swing of 15.3% from Con to LD since 2007. This result means the Tories have lost control of Mendip District Council.

Rainworth Ward, Newark and Sherwood DC. Lab hold. Lab 735 (66.9%, +33.9), Con 219 (19.9%, -6.7), Ind 144 (13.1%, -27.3). Swing of 20.3% from Con to Lab since 2007. This is in Sherwood constituency, a very narrow Tory gain in May.

Clee Ward, Shropshire UA. LD gain from Con. LD 946 (60.3%, +23.4), Con 506 (32.3%, -5.7), Ind 116 (7.4%, -17.7). Swing of 14.6% from Con to LD since 2009.

Huntington and Hatherton Ward, South Staffs DC. Con hold. Con 237 (44.2%, -10.3), Lab 235 (43.8%, -1.7), Ind 64 (11.9%, +11.9). Swing of 4.3% from Con to Lab since 2007.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

V.good result in sherwood,and at hyndburn had to laugh when i saw the voting %.is that the largest in the country?

12:39 pm, July 02, 2010

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

No not the best in the country. For instance Speke-Garston Ward in Liverpool voted 80.6% Labour this May.

1:28 pm, July 02, 2010

Anonymous Alun said...

Clee Hill result probably has something to do with circumstances; the Tory councillor resigned under something of a cloud and word gets around in places like that (area used to have its own language). The Independent candidate in 2009 was also a very longstanding County Councillor, long a crypto-Tory Independent but then a LibDem in 2005 before running as an Independent in 2009. The Independent this time was a former Tory councillor from the west end of Ludlow; it's quite surprising that he did as well as he did, actually. The LibDem candidate was, I think, a district councillor for the area between 2003 and 2007, and also has a well-known surname.

Excellent result in Sherwood, though.

1:50 pm, July 02, 2010

Blogger Baz said...

Awful turnout in South Staffs, 14.6% in a ward where Labour were 2nd and 3rd in 2007 with the Tories 1st and 4th on a 22% turnout!

3:14 pm, July 02, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour needs to start standing in rural seats to re enenergise votes

Country Standard

10:10 pm, July 02, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

Agreed. We have won seats in Shepton Mallet before, for a start.

12:29 am, July 07, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Country Standard (established 1935)
Progressive Journal for Rural Communities to be relaunched at tolpuddle

filling gap of Rural Countryside Group

See you at Tolpuddle

5:48 pm, July 07, 2010


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