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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Council by-elections

Tonight's results:

Hunsdon Ward, East Herts DC. Ind hold. Ind 339 (58.9%, -1.5), Con 206 (35.8%, +2.2), Lab 31 (5.4%, +5.4). Swing of 1.9% from Ind to Con since 2007.

Chale Ward, Isle of Wight UA. Con hold. Con 510 (53.6%, -7.7), LD 365 (38.4%, -0.3), Lab 76 (8%, +8). Swing of 3.7% from Con to LD since 2009.

Forres Ward, Moray CC. Ind gain from Con. First preference votes: SNP 773 (24.1%, -5.8), Ind 562 (38.8% total for all 4 Inds, +5.5), Con 463 (14.4%, -14.4), Ind 463, Green 401 (12.5%, +12.5), Lab 195 (6.1%, +6.1), Ind 192, SSCUP 132 (4.1%, -4), Ind 30. Swing of 5.7% from SNP to Ind since 2007.

St Edmundsbury Tower Division, Suffolk CC. Con hold. Con 1005 (28.8%, nc), Ind 950 (27.2%, +1.2), Lab 759 (21.7%, +12.6), Green 479 (13.7%, -13.4), LD 300 (8.6%, -0.4). Swing of 0.6% from Con to Ind since 2009.

Rushall-Shelfield Ward, Walsall MBC. Con hold. Con 639 (42%, -1.8), Lab 611 (40.1%, +13.1), BNP 141 (9.3%, +9.3), UKIP 90 (5.9%, -2.3), OMRL 42 (2.8%, +2.8). Swing of 7.5% from Con to Lab since May this year.


Blogger BTLizard said...

No Lib Dem in the Walsall election, I see. Are they running some sort of local pact with the Tories there?

9:42 am, November 12, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

These were four rural seats plus one safe Tory urban seat in Walsall.

Labour did not contest three of these seats at the previous election.

Good results for Labour in the two where comparisons are possible:

Walsall - Labour reduced the Tory majority from 900 to just 28. Labour share of vote up 13.1%. No Lib Dem candidate this time.

Suffolk - Tory held seat with 50 majority over an independent. Labour share of vote up from 9.1% to 21.7%.

Pleased to see that Labour did put up candidates this time in the three other seats and nice to see that a left leaning independent beat the Tories and the SNP in Moray to gain the seat from the Tories.

12:18 pm, November 12, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to see the BNP re-emerge in a seat in Walsall that they have not contested for a number of years.

On a more positive note, their vote is well below what it has been in that ward in the not too distant past. But it does remind us of the importance of eternal vigilance and activity to make sure that they cannot recover.

1:20 pm, November 12, 2010

Blogger Alasdair Ross said...

Suffolk Seat, Greens will be disspaointed, they expected to beat Labour and run Tories close. Because of what is happening to Suffolk County Council, the Tories will think they got away with this one.

1:33 pm, November 12, 2010

Blogger Alasdair Ross said...

Suffolk seat - Bury St Edmunds- Greens will be dissapointed, they put quite a bit of work in and hoped to beat Labour and run Tories close. The Tories will think this is a good result because of the unrest over the plans for Suffolk County Council. The Labour vote is good as little work or contact with voters had been made before this campaign.

1:35 pm, November 12, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

suffolk vote

where did the independent come from

the anti tory vote split all over the place

the tories got away with stealing this ward

and with thousands of people losing jobs in Suffolk CC

great result in Walsall nearly caught them

every week the swing to labour gets bigger

Country Standard Blog

5:12 pm, November 12, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to see that the view that Labour had done well in the Walsall and Suffolk by-elections is confirmed in this week's Sunday Times YouGov poll:

Labour 41%
Tory 39%
Lib Dems 10%
Others 10%

11:15 pm, November 13, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

Good results in Walsall and Suffolk. Also glad that Labour stood candidates. We should always stand, if we don't then people forget about is.

10:31 pm, November 14, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't want to rain on our parade but once again this result shows Labour are transfer-phobic in Scotland. Suggests to me that we will fall quite a bit short of an outright majority next May. Coalition with the Lib Dems?

9:32 pm, November 15, 2010


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