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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Council by-election results

There were a couple of by-elections last Thursday which I did not report as I was away:

Christchurch Ward, Allerdale BC. Con hold. Con 466 (66.1%, +0.9), LD 131 (18.6%, +18.6), Green 108 (15.3%, +15.3). Swing of 8.9% from Con to LD since 2007.

Cossall and Kimberley Ward, Broxtowe. Con hold. Con 757 (37.6%, +8.7), Lab 731 (36.3%, +3.5), LD 524 (26.0%, -3.3). Swing of 2.6% from Lab to Con since 2007.


Anonymous Julian Ware-Lane said...

Re Christchurch Ward - I am almost tempted to start keeping track of elections where we do not field candidates. It is most disappointing.

12:43 pm, August 25, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weird thing about the Christchurch result is that each of the parties listed saw a gain on 2007 so who lost? Furthermore, if the Conservative vote was plus by 0.9% how could there be a swing from them to anyone else or is my old grammar school maths letting me down?

1:34 pm, August 25, 2010

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Labour didn't stand in Christchurch this time but did in 2007.

Swing is the mean of the change in the first and second place parties' votes. So if the top party goes up 5% and the second party goes up 10% the swing is 10 minus 5 divided by two, from the party with the smaller increase to the one with the larger increase. Or if top party gains 10% and 2nd party loses 5%, swing is 10+5 divided by 2.

3:15 pm, August 25, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation, Luke. Why ever is Labour not fielding candidates? Surely it is important to be there for one's supporters even if the chances of electoral success are grim.

5:10 pm, August 25, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

note Medway Tory to stand down after 13 days (in the seat we lost)

new by election

hes a special constable !!!!

lets win it this time

12:24 am, August 26, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

We really should have stood in Allerdale, is it in the Workington or Penrith part of the borough?

The swing in Broxtowe would see a Labour MP back in Parliament

6:23 pm, August 27, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Allerdale ward is in Cockermouth - thus part of the Workington constituency.

In contrast to our excellent results in Barrow and Copeland, Labour's performance there in May was mediocre - despite a sitting MP who appears to be quite well liked. Maybe this is another small sign all is not totally well :-(

12:27 am, August 28, 2010


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