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, September 13, 2013

Council by-elections

There were five council by-elections yesterday:
 
Dunstable Northfields Ward, Central Bedfordshire UA. Ind gain from Con. Ind 434 (33.4%, -2.8), Con 305 (23.5%, -7.8), Lab 297 (22.9%, -2.6), UKIP 227 (17.5%, +17.5), LD 35 (2.7%, -4.2). Swing of 2.5% from Con to Ind since 2011.
 
Wreake Villages Ward, Charnwood DC. Con hold. Con 396 (82%, +3.9), Lab 87 (18%, -3.9). Swing of 3.9% from Lab to Con since 2011.
 
Frithville Ward, East Lincolnshire DC. Con gain from Ind. Con 221 (57.6%, +23.7), UKIP 163 (42.4%, +42.4). Swing of 9.4% from Con to UKIP since 2011.
 
Hitchin North Division, Hertfordshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1250 (47.8%, +1.8), Con 673 (25.7%, -7), LD 246 (9.4%, +2.8), UKIP 235 (9%, +9), Green 212 (8.1%, -6.6). Swing of 4.4% from Con to Lab since May this year.
 
Hitchin Oughton Ward, North Hertfordshire DC. Lab hold. Lab 361 (48%, -12.8), Con 180 (23.9%, -0.7), UKIP 148 (19.7%, +19.7), Green 32 (4.3%, -4.5), LD 31 (4.1%, -0.7). Swing of 6.1% from Lab to Con since 2012.
 

The discrepancy is the Hitchin results would appear to be caused by Labour targeting the marginal County division (gained from the Tories this May) at the expense of the safe district ward.

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