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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Progress Column

My Progress Column this week is about the problems facing "Red Tory" thinktank ResPublica: http://www.progressives.org.uk/articles/article.asp?a=8409


Anonymous James Thurston said...


The results of last nights local council by-elections, although Conservative holds, were very good for Labour. The swings to Labour were very large.

In Cheshunt Central (Broxbourne Borough, Hertfordshire County), there was a 14.4% swing from Conservative to Labour.

The most notable result though was, placed in the context of recent elections, achieved by Labour in the Thamesfield ward in Wandsworth. Labour achieved a remarkable 11.8% against the Conservatives and halved the Conservative majority in the process.

Furthermore, the SNP lost by a much larger margin than was widely anticipated, and in the process performed very badly in the Parliamentary By-election. Labour's Iain McKenzie did extremely well as he largely held the same percentage vote that David Cairns (who sadly passed away at too young an age) garnered in the 2010 General Election. The fact is that the SNP surge came at the expense of the Liberal Democrats whoes vote collapsed, and the Conservatives whom experienced a decline of 2.1% in its vote share compared to the 2010General Election. There was a large element of 'churn' among the non-Labour vote.

Overall, another very good night for Labour...

10:59 am, July 01, 2011


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