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, January 18, 2013

Council by-elections

There were four council by-elections yesterday. An emphatic victory in Lambeth for my contemporary at Bristol Uni Labour Club, Co-Op Party stalwart Martin Tiedemann, and then rather poor results elsewhere including a Tory gain in Wirral, their first in a Met council by-election since 2008. An interesting footnote is the derisory scores for TUSC, the latest incarnation of Militant, in Merseyside and Brixton where they might have expected some traction.

Hill Ward, Fenland DC. Con hold. Con 319 (59.7%, +1.3), Lab 110 (20.6%, -6.2), Ind 105 (19.7%, +19.7). Swing of 3.8% from Lab to Con since 2011.

Brixton Hill Ward, LB Lambeth. Lab hold. Lab 1593 (62.6%, +21.9), Green 344 (13.5%, -2.6), LD 274 (10.8%, -19.7), Con 164 (6.4%, -6.3), TUSC 72 (2.8%, +2.8), UKIP 63 (2.5%, +2.5), SPGB 34 (1.3%, +1.3). Swing of 12.3% from Green to Lab since 2010.

Heswall Ward, Wirral MBC. Con hold. Con 1254 (58.8%, -3.9), UKIP 460 (21.6%, +12.2), Lab 289 (13.6%, -4.2), Green 110 (5.2%, -0.8), TUSC 19 (0.9%, +0.9). Swing of 8.1% from Con to UKIP since 2012.

Leasowe and Moreton East Ward, Wirral MBC. Con gain from Lab. Con 1620 (50.5%, +7.2), Lab 1355 (42.2%, -8.8), UKIP 148 (4.6%, +1.1), TUSC 31 (1%, +1), Green 28 (0.9%, -0.3), LD 28 (0.9%, +0.9). Swing of 8% from Lab to Con since 2012.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Andrea said...

The Fenland Indy candidate stood for Labour in 2011 town council elections. So he may have taken away votes from Lab this week

The Leasowe and Moreton Eas result is indeed poor. There is a tradition in Wirral for Labour to underperform in low turnout local elections. However, they did well in the PCC election borough wide in November even with a terrible turnout. The Tory candidate is considered to be good (he's the previous Cllr beated in May 2012) but it's 2013 and not 2008. So I think Labour should have done better anyway.

5:24 pm, January 18, 2013

 

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