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, June 16, 2011

Council by-elections

A bumper crop tonight:

Crewe South Ward, Cheshire East UA. 2 seats: 1 Lab hold, 1 Lab gain from LD. Lab 970 & 899 (59.7%), Con 507 & 489 (31.2%), LD 147 & 146 (9.1%). No swing calculation possible due to boundary changes.

Uwchaled Ward, Conwy CBC. Ind gain from PC. Ind 477 (94.1%), Con 30 (5.9%). No swing calculation possible as PC uncontested in 2008.

Eckington Division, Derbyshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1142 (73.8%, +38.3), Con 406 (26.2%, +2.5). Swing of 17.9% from Con to Lab since 2009.

Abbey Ward, Dumfries & Galloway CC. Lab gain from Con. 1st prefs: Con 1236 (39.7%, -1), Lab 1196 (38.5%, +3.8), SNP 678 (21.8%, +4.9). 2nd Round: Lab 1448, Con 1391. Swing of 2.4% from Con to Lab since 2008 by-election.

Arlechwedd Ward, Gwynedd CC. PC gain from LD. PC 255 (56%, +8.8), LD 93 (20.4%, -32.4), Lab 72 (15.8%, +15.8), Con 35 (7.7%, +7.7). Swing of 20.6% from LD to PC since 2008.

Byker Ward, Newcastle-upon-Tyne MBC. Lab hold. Lab 1206 (72.6%, +14.9), BNP 144 (8.7%, +8.7), LD 102 (6.1%, -18.2), Ind 78 (4.7%, -4.1), Con 76 (4.6%, -4.6), Newc 1st 55 (3.3%, +3.3). Swing of 3.1% from BNP to Lab since 2010.

Westerhope Ward, Newcastle-upon-Tyne MBC. Lab gain from LD. Lab 1106 (33.2%, -3.3), Ind 883 (26.5%, +26.5), Newc 1st 532 (16.0%, +16), LD 492 (14.8%, -18.2), Con 240 (7.2%, -17.1), BNP 81 (2.4%, -3.8). Swing of 14.9% from Lab to Ind since 2010.

Hullbridge Ward, Rochford BC. Green gain from Con. Green 757 (48.2%, +30), Con 555 (35.4%, -6.1), Lab 182 (11.6%, -6), UKIP 76 (4.8%, +4.8). Swing of 18.1% from Con to Green since May this year.

Manvers Ward, Rushcliffe BC. Con hold. 2 seats: Con 730 & 692 (69.3%, -5.1), Lab 323 & 290 (30.7%, +5.1). Swing of 5.1% from Con to Lab since 2007.

Burton Town Division, Staffordshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1233 (43.7%, +9.3), Con 884 (31.3%, +8.5), LD 525 (18.6%, -9.1), UKIP 182 (6.4%, +6.4). Swing of 0.4% from Con to Lab since 2009.

Marchwiel Division, Wrexham CBC. Ind 302 (63.7%, -17.1), Con 172 (36.3%, +23.2). Swing of 20.2% from Ind to Con since 2008.

Usually I don't report town and parish council results but this one in Cornwall is interesting:

Camborne South Ward, Camborne TC. Lab gain from Lab 334 (34.5%, +18.7), Con 324 (33.5%, +3.6), Mebyon Kernow 197 (20.4%, -8), Green 112 (11.6%, +11.6). Swing of 7.6% from Con to Lab since 2010 by-election. This was a Labour gain from 4th place last year.

8 Comments:

Blogger Alasdair Ross said...

Labour won Eckington in Derbyshire- straight fight with the Tories

9:34 am, June 17, 2011

 
Blogger southhackneypunter said...

... at least if you are in freefall you eventually hit the ground, but not so with the Lib Dems' share of the vote it would appear. (I wouldn't mind betting the Localism Bill will soon have a new clause in it requiring local councils to appoint a Lib Dem councillor where none can get elected (or is that what the 'tenant panels' will be used for?)).

8:10 pm, June 17, 2011

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also Rochford DC, Hullbridge - Green gain from Tory ;)

9:49 pm, June 17, 2011

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops, ignore that :-)

9:49 pm, June 17, 2011

 
Blogger Alasdair Ross said...

Plus good result in Scotland, indicating that much of the SNP surge had come from Lib Dem voters, no Lib Dem candidate this time so SNP did not challenge Labour or Tories

8:27 am, June 18, 2011

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tory vote still stubbon
but nodoubt older and happy with cuts agenda anyway

Great result in Cambourne

Well done Cornish reds

Mike
Country Standard

10:19 am, June 18, 2011

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could say that the votes of both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats have been 'reformed'.

10:53 am, June 18, 2011

 
Anonymous Rich said...

Its great that Labour are on their way back, but my concern is that you still haven't won the economic argument.

I'm not sure the majority of people understand there is an alternative to cuts. The Tories have stolen the show and Labour don't seem to able to communicate the alternative.

I'm not sure whether this is press bias or simply bad PR. Either way you are going to struggle at the next election if you can't communicate with the electorate.


There are strikes coming and this government is going to fight the likes of me with the full might of the legal system. Attacks on wages, jobs, pensions, redundancy...how is this fair. They are about to sack every public sector worker and hand out contracts to the greedy private sector. The only loser will be the workers who will be re-employed on new contracts with no holiday pay, no sick pay and poor wages.

Time for the Labour party to fight for the people who keep your party from going bust. A line is being drawn and I really don't know where this is going to end.

11:53 pm, June 18, 2011

 

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