There was only one by-election yesterday:
Oliver's Battery & Badgers' Farm Ward, Winchester CC. LD hold. LD 894 (53.9%, -7.3), Con 604 (36.4%, +1.3), Lab 162 (9.8%, +5.1). Swing of 4.3% from LD to Con since 2010.
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.
There was only one by-election yesterday:
My Progress column this week says we need to take steps to have some more Alan Johnsons in politics:
The full Labour Party National Executive Committee met today. As before I will try to convey as much as possible of what was discussed within the constraints of not disclosing confidential reports or information.
Stuart King has set up an excellent website - http://www.southernfront.org.uk/ - dedicated to Labour winning in the South of England.
Every time I think the hard left of my own party can't do anything more crass, they trump it.
Last night's results:
This is number one in what might turn out to be a depressingly long series of posts pointing out which ideas tried last time we were in opposition we shouldn't revisit (unless we want to be out of power for 18 years this time too).
Interestingly it is usually people who haven't stepped up to the plate and been councillors who advocate this strategy. It was a councillor who bravely spoke against it at the LRC conference.
Almost all of us who have had our budgets slashed by Pickles and will have to take the terrible decisions about what to cut this year are getting on with the reality of it, and trying to apply our socialist values in deciding which services to protect, not fantasising about getting out of this ghastly scenario through insurrection. I wish there was an easy way to say "no" to these cuts, but there isn't.
This isn't to say that Labour councillors shouldn't lead the political protests against Pickles' cuts and be screaming from the rooftops about their impact on our communities - we absolutely should.
Future posts in this series are unfortunately likely to include explanations of why we shouldn't:
Most of the above were supported by the LRC on Saturday. Every motion except number 10 in this booklet was passed: http://www.l-r-c.org.uk/files/RESOLUTIONS_2011.pdf. Read it and weep. At least in 1979-1983 they had the partial excuse of not knowing how unpopular this kind of stance was. That they have not changed what they are advocating suggests a pathological inability to learn from experience.
My latest Progress column on last weekend's Fabian Society and LRC conferences is online here:
John Spellar doesn't take to the blogosphere that often.
Like Will Straw (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/18/labour-jobs-growth-john-denham) I was in the audience for John Denham's Smith Institute speech about business and growth - http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/growth.
My personal input into the Oldham East & Saddleworth campaign was limited to phone canvassing as my legs are not yet recovered enough from my neurological illness in 2009 for me to do doorstep campaigning - a goal set with my physios is to be able to walk and write on a clipboard at the same time, hopefully by this May's elections.
While we wait for the Oldham East & Saddleworth result, there are two council by-election results, including a dramatic Labour gain from 5th place in Cornwall, giving us our only councillor in the County:
My Progress column this week draws some lessons for Labour and the Lib Dems from the history of the UK's electoral geography:
For those of you who are fellow members of the Unite trade union, there are Executive Council elections coming up.
Tom Watson wins the prize for most politically interesting blogpost of the day with his speculation on Labour Uncut about the Tories precipitating a May General Election:
There was a lively meeting of the NUS National Executive Committee today which voted against proposals from the left to back a protest in London on 29 January, instead opting to support a TUC rally in Manchester on the same day.
Only one major authority one tonight, confirming the LD slide:
I'm grateful to a commenter for explaining that the reason why Labour NEC Member Christine Shawcroft is shown in the list of the Hard Left "Labour Representation Committee's" (LRC's) National Committee with NUM Nottinghamshire Ex and Retired Miners' Association next to her name when she is not a retired miner.
The first of my weekly columns for Progress - on AV and the PLP:
Any Labour activist thinking the Greens are a benign political force should have a look at their leader's letter to the Guardian last week:
Some things to keep Labour activists busy in the New Year: