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, February 01, 2013

Council by-elections

There were just two council by-elections yesterday:

Bryncoch Ward, Bridgend UA. Lab hold. Lab 222 (62.5%, -11.7), PC 54 (15.2%, +15.2), Ind 41 (11.5%, +11.5), LD 24 (6.8%, -19), Ind 14 (3.9%, +3.9). Swing of 13.5% from Lab to PC since 2012.

Woolaston and Stourbridge Town, Dudley MBC. Lab gain from Con. Lab 847 (35.8%, -1.5), Con 787 (33.3%, +0.9), UKIP 249 (10.5%, +0.8), Ind 211 (8.9%, +8.9), LD 169 (7.1%, -5.7), BNP 96 (4.1%, +4.1), Green 7 (0.3%, +0.3). Swing of 1.2% from Lab to Con since 2012. Quite an achievement for the Greens to get fewer votes than the number of nomination signatures you need to get on the ballot paper! This ward is in Stourbridge, number 80 of Labour’s 106 target parliamentary marginals.

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