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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Council By-elections

Tonight's results - including a stunning Labour gain on a huge swing in the Black Country.

Rhosneigr Ward, Anglesey CC. Ind hold. Ind 319 (84.6%, -15.4), Con 58 (15.4%, +15.4). Swing of 15.4% from Ind to Con since 2008.

Eglwysbach Ward, Conwy CC. PC hold. PC 368 (71.7%, -16.4), Con 145 (28.3%, +16.4). Swing of 16.4% from PC to Con since 2008.

Baxenden Ward, Hyndburn BC. Con hold. Con 683 (57.8%, -13.2), Lab 434 (36.7%, +18.1), Ind 47 (4%, +4), UKIP 17 (1.4%, +1.4). Swing of 15.7% from Con to Lab since 2008.

Croxteth Ward, Liverpool MBC. Double vacancy. Lab hold 1 and gain 1 from LD. Lab 1447+1424 (60.8%, +3.7), LD 611+475 (23.1%, -6.5), Soc Lab 135 +70 (4.3%, +0.1), BNP 117 (5%, +5), Green 63 (2.7%, +2.7), UKIP 50+19 (1.5%, +1.5), Eng Dem 35+33 (1.4%, +1.4), Con 31+29 (1.3%, -3.4). Swing of 5.1% from LD to Lab since May this year. The Tories came 12th and 13th out of 14 candidates...

Wednesbury North Ward, Sandwell MBC. Lab gain from Con. Lab 1320 (62.1%, +23.9), Con 643 (30.2%, -9), NF 76 (3.6%, +3.6), LD 45 (2.1%, -8.4), Green 42 (2%, +2). Swing of 16.5% from Con to Lab since May this year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tory councillor that resigned his seat to cause the by-election in this particular Wednesbury seat won with 79.3% of the vote in 2008.

This represents a 45.2% swing from Tories to Labour since 2008!!!!

Is this the record pro Labour swing?

11:43 pm, November 18, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spectacular win. And not just hoovering up the libdems either but also getting straight switches from the tories. I think the penny is starting to drop amongst a lot of ordinary people that the cuts are going to be a massive assult on basic public services, not just on so-called 'scroungers'

11:57 pm, November 18, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

great win

well done in Sandwell and Liverpool

12:26 am, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, the result of the Anglesey by-election yesterday was:

Ind 319 (84.6%)
Con 58 (15.4%)

The previous election was contested by two independents.

2:11 pm, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wednesbury North. The BNP got 12.1%
here in May but no candidate this time. A very pleasant surprise in a district where they have done very well in the recent past.

3:09 pm, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Andy Mc said...

If this Sandwell "best in 36 years" win was repeated across the country then Labour would win overall control of places like Basingstoke! Yes!! Get in!!!

4:03 pm, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...


just seen 6 Lib Dems left the Party in Rochdale

4:11 pm, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read comments like the last one calling the faithful to 'Smash the Tories' I have to despair for our nation. It is only politics, not war yet some of your contribuotors make it seem more like Roundheads and Cavaliers.

Has it not occurred to anyone that the dear old place is in the mire, whether that is down to bankers or over spending hardly matters now, and it would be kind of nice if we could pull together to get it to rights again. Instead too many people engage in some kind of old fashioned class war as though everyone who isn't Labour is somehow the enemy.

What a sad trivial bunch.

6:17 pm, November 19, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

We know what's right on Merseyside! Those Tory votes are classic - and that ward includes not only a council estate but also a large estate of private housing, detached and semis

The Baxenden result is also very good in an area which swung away from us wildly at the last county council elections - a typical Lancashire 'posh' area

Can't help but think that the further from London and the South, the less the coalition sparkles - we actually can win majorities without large numbers of southern seats

7:06 pm, November 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the pressure on the Con/Dems.

Its time Labour supported trade union fight back, as we might be able to crack them with plenty of civil unrest and strikes.

12:00 am, November 20, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With people losing their jobs left right and centre

as a nurse union official in the NHS (allegedly ring fenced)Iam dealing with hundreds of redundancies

While the millionaires in Cabinet say that youve never had it so good

of course we want to smash the Tories (and the Lib Dems who support the cuts)

12:58 pm, November 20, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets pull together !!!!!!

and appoint my mates as photographers etc at tax payers expense, or secure new ministerial cars. Like the Coalition Cabinet of millionaires


while sacking thousands of public sector workers including Policemen/women, firefighters, teachers, nurses etc...


were all in this together

1:02 pm, November 20, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange as it may seem we are all in it together for it is the same country and all Tory and Lib/Dem supporters are not millionaires.
As to wealthy folk in the cabinet, well the last Labour lot were not exactly pennyless, Tony B has been raking it in since and it was almost New Labour that invented rewarding cronies.

Off with the blinkers. We need and deserve a better country but replacing Conservatives with Labour every few years is not the answer. New Labour had the chance and the support to deliver so much, and like Obama across the pond, the largely failed to deliver.

4:04 pm, November 21, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

True Tony Blair was a Tory buying and selling properties making money on them and he rakes it in,but if more working class joined the L-P and got involved People like Blair would not have a chance at winning the leadership. So don't blame Blair its not his fault its all those working classes not getting off their Arses and get involved in the LP

10:47 pm, November 21, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you probably mean the non-working classes sitting on their
rear ends whilst drawing their benefits. As to Tony, well he was not alone in government and it hardly improved after he left. Thirteen mainly wasted years when, certainly for the first ten, there was massive support even extending into the middle classes.

1:39 pm, November 22, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour will do well now right through the mid term, as people want to protest at the savage cuts, but at a Gen election the voters will be frightened off with stories of Labour planning to borrow £4 trillion pounds and let in another 5 million immigrants.

12:30 pm, November 24, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lib dems will nolonger be relevant in large parts of the uk

its where there vote goes

10:10 pm, November 25, 2010


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