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.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Council by-elections

There were 4 by-elections yesterday:

St Helen's Ward, Barnsley MBC. Lab hold. Lab 1257 (75.8%, -3.5), BNP 174 (10.5%, -1.6), ED 146 (8.8%, +8.8), Con 61 (3.7%, -4.9), Ind 21 (1.3%, +1.3). Swing of 1% from Lab to BNP since May this year.

Meopham North Ward, Gravesham BC. Con hold. Con 648 (47.3%, -23.8), UKIP 462 (33.7%, +33.7), LD 148 (10.8%, +10.8), Lab 112 (8.2%, -20.7). Swing of 28.9% from Con to UKIP since May this year.

Sleaford West & Leasingham Division, Lincolnshire CC. Con 614 (43.0%, -14.0), Lincs Ind 454 (31.8%, +13.5), Lab 315 (22.1%, +11.8), LD 45 (3.2%, -10.7). Swing of 13.8% from Con to Lincs Ind since 2009.

Bamber Bridge East Ward, South Ribble BC. Lab hold. Lab 481 (55%, -2.4), Con 393 (45%, +2.4). Swing of 2.4% from Lab to Con since May this year.


Blogger Jim Jepps said...

Interesting, although I suspect a one off in that it's rare these days that you see three tall with Labour down. I doubt there are many places where UKIP can leap in at over 30% or the Lib Dem over take a Labour candidate.

11:52 am, October 14, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your swing figure for the Barnsley result is incorrect - the BNP share was DOWN, not up ;)

12:22 am, October 15, 2011

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Yes but so was the Labour share - and by more, so there was unfortunately still a net swing to them.

6:18 pm, October 15, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but only 1% or so, not 2.6%!

You have added the BNP figure to the Labour decline, when it should actually be subtracted ;)

8:50 pm, October 15, 2011

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Thanks, have corrected

12:24 pm, October 16, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gravesham still a bit of a worry though. Kent towns are one of the key GE battlegrounds. Ed's got to be concerned that the message isn't getting through. Maybe that's because the message itself isn't that clear...

3:26 pm, October 16, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Anonymous, we are talking here about a ward which the Tories won easily even in 1995.

And where Labour supporters clearly voted for a highly visible UKIP candidate - aided by a very unusual local election poll.

Plus, Gravesham is a council WON by Labour from the Tories in May. So using this result to bash Ed is a bit silly, really ;)

12:34 am, October 17, 2011


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