A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, the Labour Party and Hackney - 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 26, 2012

Council by-elections

There were five by-elections yesterday:


New Tredegar Ward, Caerphilly CBC. Lab hold. Lab 694 (85.5%, +12.8), PC 94 (11.6%, +11.6), Con 24 (3%, +3). Swing of 0.6% from PC to Lab since May this year.

St Mary’s Ward, Fenland DC. Con hold. Con 397 (62.5%, +16.5), Ind 160 (25.2%, -15.7), Lab 78 (12.3%, +12.3). Swing of 16.1% from Ind to Con since 2011.

Seaton Ward, Hartlepool UA. Hartlepool First gain from Ind. Hartlepool First 441 (38.4%, +24.9), Lab 261 (22.7%, +8.4), Ind 193 (16.8%, -33.8), UKIP 128 (11.1%, -2), Con 94 (8.2%, -0.3), LD 31 (2.7%, +2.7). Swing of 8.3% from Lab to Hartlepool First since May this year.

Didcot All Saints Ward, South Oxfordshire DC. Lab hold. Lab 436 (47%, + 4.6), Con 340 (36.7%, -6.9), LD 151 (16.3%, +2.3). Swing of 5.8% from Con to Lab since 2011.

Pinkneys Green Ward, RB Windsor & Maidenhead. LD gain from Con. LD  839 (43.2%, +1.2), Con 831 (42.8%, -5), UKIP  152 (7.8%, +7.8), Lab 121 (6.2%, -4).  Swing of 3.1% from Con to LD since 2011.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week previews the PCC elections: http://labourlist.org/2012/10/a-highly-unpredictable-set-of-elections/

Friday, October 19, 2012

Council by-elections

Good results for Labour last night in Brighton and for Kent County Council:


Frampton & Holme Ward, Boston BC. Ind hold. Ind 204 (39.2%, -17.8), Ind 139 (26.7%, -2.2), Con 126 (24.2%, +24.2), UKIP 32  (6.1%, -8), Lab 19 (3.6%, +3.6).  No meaningful swing calculable. Change is since 2011.

East Brighton Ward, Brighton & Hove UA. Lab hold. Lab 1596 (56.1%, +8.9), C 531 (18.7%, -3.2), Green 456 (16%, -4.4), UKIP 148 (5.2%, +5.2), LD 59 (2.1%, -4.8), TUSC 55 (1.9%, -1.7). Swing of 6.1% from Con to Lab since 2011.

Maidstone Central Division, Kent CC. LD hold. LD 2169 (40.1%, -5.7), Con 1301 (24.1%, -1.6), Lab 943 (17.4%, +11.2), UKIP 510 (9.4%, -3.7), Green 393 (7.3%, -2), Eng Dem 89 (1.6%, +1.6). Swing of 2.1% from LD to Con since 2009.

Allington Ward, Maidstone BC. LD hold. LD 885 (52.4%, -4.2), Con 434 (25.7%, -4.6), Lab 179 (10.6%, -2.5), UKIP 162 (9.6%, +9.6), Green 30 (1.8%, +1.8). Swing of 0.2% from Con to LD since May this year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week is encouraging people to join the TUC march against austerity on Saturday:

http://labourlist.org/2012/10/see-you-on-saturday/

Friday, October 12, 2012

Council by-elections



Sutton-on-Sea North Ward, East Lindsey DC. Sutton-on-Sea 1st hold. SoS 1st 330 (54.9%,  -13.2),
Con 118 (19.6%, -1.8), Lab 90 (15% +4.5), Ind 63 (10.5%, +10.5). Swing of 5.7% from SoS 1st to Con since 2011.

Whitefoot Ward, LB Lewisham. Lab gain from LD. Lab 924 (41.9%, +0.3), LD 646 (29.3%, -6.3), Con 258 (11.7%, -4.7), Lewisham People before Profit 241 (10.9%, +7.7), UKIP 100 (4.5%, +4.5), Green 36 (1.6%, -1.6). Swing of 3.3% from LD to Lab since 2010.

Saying no to a primary for London Mayor 2016

John Spellar and I have written a joint article opposing the call made last week for London Labour to use a primary to pick its 2016 Mayoral candidate: http://labourlist.org/2012/10/a-london-primary-would-be-wrong-for-the-labour-party/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Progress Column

My Progress column this week reviews the Tory conference: http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2012/10/11/no-compromise-with-the-voters/

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week is about how we might radically reform Labour Party Annual Conference:
http://labourlist.org/2012/10/conference-needs-to-change-so-split-it-in-two/

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Hugh Gaitskell

My article about Hugh Gaitskell from the conference edition of Progress magazine:
http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2012/10/02/a-natural-hero/

 
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