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Friday, February 04, 2011

Council by-elections

Three by-elections last night including further evidence of a Labour surge in the south, with the gain from 4th place in 2009 of a seat on Gloucestershire County Council (part of the marginal Stroud parliamentary constituency):

Carnoustie and District Ward, Angus CC. Ind gain from SNP. First preference votes: SNP 1289 (41.5%, -5.2), Ind 1252 (40.3%, +40.3) Lab 258 (8.3%, -13.6), Con 217 (7%, -9.3), LD 93 (3%, -11.1). Swing of 22.9% from SNP to Ind since 2007.

Rodborough Division, Gloucestershire CC. Lab gain from Con. Lab 793 (31.7%, +19.4) Con 790 (31.6%, -3.7%), LD 660 (26.4%, -5), Green 260 (10.4%, -10.7). Swing of 11.6% from Con to Lab since 2009.

Amberley & Woodchester Ward, Stroud DC. Con hold. Con 366 (54.9%, +0.5), Lab 177 (26.5%, +10.8), LD 124 (18.6%, +6.8). Swing of 5.2% from Con to Lab since 2008.


Blogger Hughes Views said...

Well done Brian Oosthuysen in Rodborough.

It's interesting to note the collapse in the Green vote. A lot of the anti-Labour protest vote has been going their way over the last few years.

Stroud is a bit of a Green stronghold. Many prosperous former "weekend hippies" now live there. Local editions of the Guardian are rumoured to be printed on hand woven organic Lama wool.

It's probably easier for some of its thoughtful inhabitants to vote Labour with clear consciences when we're in opposition and away from the grubby compromises that power inevitably brings.

I shall enjoy my next trip to Rodborough Common. Although it had David Drew as its MP until last May, it's the sort of area that doesn't look Labour, similar to the anomaly of dinky-doo Corfe Castle having Jim Knight as its MP before he became Baron Knight of Weymouth. David Drew, by contrast, is now chair of Forest Green Rovers...

11:28 am, February 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was no surprise that Labour lost the Stroud constituency at the last election. However, they did do remarkably well under the circumstances and remain very competitive.

David Drew was always one of the better Labour MPs. He voted against Trident replacement and the Iraq war. But, regrettably, for identity cards and the database.

1:12 pm, February 04, 2011

Blogger David Boothroyd said...

The Independent in Carnoustie had 1,252 first preference votes, not 1,522 - in other words he was behind on first preferences and won on transfers. Perhaps relevant to the great debate on AV.

3:04 pm, February 04, 2011

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Thanks David I've corrected that.

7:37 pm, February 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From yesterdays Manchester Evening News:

Control of Stockport council hangs on a knife edge after three councillors defected from the ruling Liberal Democrats. They decided to quit over their opposition to the Conservative-Lib Dem government's cuts. Another three defections would see the Lib Dems lose control of the council – and the Labour opposition says that looks increasingly likely. Lib Dem transport chief David White left first, followed by councillors Roy Driver and Ann Graham. All three have applied to join the Labour party but will sit as Independents. Councillor Driver said their move could be a sign of things to come. “I won’t mention any names but some may decide to follow our move,” he said. “I think there are quite a lot of people within the group who don’t feel that they want to be in a mark-two version of the Tory party. “That’s not what I signed up for.

We are extremely disappointed with the coalition government and the way they are implementing the Tory-led cuts in public expenditure. “It is working out worse than we expected in terms of the budget cuts. “We have been thinking about this for a while – it’s not an on-the-spot decision.”

9:00 pm, February 05, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Oosthuysen

fantastic result

uber great

11:13 pm, February 05, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:40 pm, February 06, 2011


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