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Friday, July 30, 2010

Council by-election results

There were three by-elections yesterday:

Radstock Ward, Bath & NE Somerset UA. LD gain from Ind. LD 542 (40.0%, +40) Lab 386 (28.5%, -18.2) Ind 370 (27.3%, -9.7) Con 55 (4.1%, -12.2). Swing of 29.1% from Lab to LD since 2007. This is in the NE Somerset constituency gained by the Tories from Labour partly as a result of boundary changes.

Haywards Heath Franklands Ward, Mid Sussex DC. Con hold. Con 545 (50.8%, +1.7), LD 464 (43.3%, +27.8), Ind 63 (5.9%, -21.4). Swing of 13.1% from Con to LD since 2007.

Bilston North Ward, Wolverhampton MBC. Lab gain from Con. Lab 1292 (64.9%, +19.6), Con 460 (23.1%, -6.5), BNP 131 (6.6%, -5.2), UKIP 55 (2.8%, +2.8), LD 52 (2.6%, -10.7). Swing of 13.1% from Con to Lab since May this year. This is in Pat McFadden's Wolverhampton SE constituency.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour will be out in the cold for a long time because of its legacy.

Every cut back and job losses the Con/Dems make will just refer to Labours reckless overspending and mismanagement of the economy why they have to do it.

The workers should not be paying for this crisis as its not theirs its a capitalist banking crisis, both New Labour and the Con/Dems have sacrificed us to maintain those wealthy pigs!

10:40 am, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats rubbish as the local Council results show

Could be in power within 2 years, this Coalition is not going to last

huge swings to Labour

"reckless overspending"

what on schools and hospitals

the crisis is the bankers fault

If like India we had nationalised bank

we would have no crisis

11:18 am, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Election results for the Mid Sussex District Council Franklands Ward are as follows:

John De Mierre (Conservative Party) 545 votes - Elected

Raha Kazemi (Liberal Democrat Party) 464 votes

Colin Ripley Bates (Independent) 63 votes

The total number of people eligible to vote in the Franklands Ward by-election was 3524 and the turnout was 30%.

11:21 am, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great result in Bilston North,but what are the reasons for the result in Radstock thats a whopping swing since 2007.
Just wish that the party would fight every seat regardless of wether its a safe seat for the Condems.

2:46 pm, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Arnold said...

The honeymoon is well and truly over.

5:38 pm, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...


i dont understand the Somerset result ???

can someonecplease post

especially after victory in Suffolk last week

We need to build up the Rural Labour vote

Mike Country Standard

7:09 pm, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forward to
Exeter and Norwich Council elections
mini General election

8:46 pm, July 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Radstock result (a LibDem gain from Indy btw, not Labour) was, it seems, one of those occasions when vigorous LibDem local campaigning - in this instance asking voters to "send a message" to the Tory-run council - overrode their growing national unpopularity.

We shouldn't be *so* surprised at this. The Libs managed to gain the odd council by-election from Labour two decades ago, when they were polling single figures and Labour anything up to 50 per cent. But as the cuts bite and economy falters, even these opportunities will become rarer and rarer.... ;-)

12:50 am, July 31, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance we can win St David's ward in Exeter City

from 3rd to victory

I believe this is possible

put £10 at bookies on it

Country Standard

1:32 pm, July 31, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...


If like India we had nationalised bank

we would have no crisis

Then why didn't Labour Nationalise the banks in the 13 years OF POWER THEY HAD?

Labour is in the pockets of the Hadley Wood and Gerrards cross set is it not as they done well out of this crisis?

9:38 am, August 02, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mid term blues?

Labour are finished!

9:40 am, August 02, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you seen the polls

lets see what happens in Exeter and Norwich by elections

Tories no more
Lib Dems no more

11:50 pm, August 03, 2010

Anonymous Payroll Services said...

what goes round comes round, the conservatives will be in for at least 2 terms and then it will be labour again

5:15 pm, August 06, 2010


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