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, November 08, 2013

Council by-elections

There were 10 council by-elections yesterday and 1 last week. A solid set of results for Labour. Some comically bad results for the Lib Dems.
  
7 November
  
Kingswood Ward, Corby BC. Lab hold. Lab 722 (63.3%, -8.5), UKIP 246 (21.6%, +21.6), Con 154 (13.5%, -14.7), LD 18 (1.6%, +1.6). Swing of 15.1% from Lab to UKIP since 2011. Tories pushed into third in part of a parliamentary constituency they won in 2010.

Crook Division, Durham UA. Lab hold. Lab 741 (40.4%, +9.6) Ind 496 (27%, -6), Wear Valley Ind 360 (19.6%, -4.4), LD 145 (7.9%, +1), Con 54 (2.9%, +2.9), Green 40 (2.2%, -3.1). Swing of 7.8% from Ind to Lab since May this year when this was a split ward returning 2 Lab and 1 Ind councillors.

Bosworth Ward, Harborough DC. Con hold. Con 259 (54.2%, -21.2), LD 114 (23.8%, +23.8), UKIP 105 (22%, +22). Swing of 22.5% from Con to LD since 2011.

Harrow on the Hill Ward, LB Harrow. Lab hold. Lab 991 (38.9%, +4.9), Con 836 (32.8%, +1.6), Ind 308 (12.1%, -6.7), Harrow First 173 (6.8%, +6.8), UKIP 168 (6.6%, +6.6), LD 70 (2.7%, -14.3). Swing of 1.7% from Con to Lab since 2010. A good result in what was a split ward between Lab and Con in 2010 given the recent political turmoil in Harrow – the Harrow First label are the breakaway ex-Labour councillors who gave council control to the Tories.

Tupsley Division, Herefordshire UA. It’s Our County hold.  IOC 987 (61.3%, +11.7), Con 347 (21.5%, +0.7), LD 277 (17.2%, -0.7). Swing of 5.5% from Con to IOC since 2011.

Dales Ward, Nottingham UA.  Lab hold. Lab 1644 (66.4%, +12.3), UKIP 364 (14.7%, +14.7), Con 220 (8.9%, -9), Green 99 (4%, +4), LD 78 (3.1%, -17.8), TUSC 72 (2.9%, +2.9). Swing of 1.2% from Lab to UKIP since 2011.

Radford & Park Ward, Nottingham UA. Lab hold. Lab 1146 (65.2%, +17.1), Con 355 (20.2%, -6.1), UKIP 123 (7%, +7), Green 80 (4.6%, -9.7), Elvis 31 (1.8%, +1.8), TUSC 22 (1.3%, +1.3). Swing of 11.6% from Con to Lab since 2011.

Derby Ward, Sefton MBC. Lab hold. Labour 903 (64.7%, -16.4), UKIP 293 (21%, +7.5), Ind 97 (7%, +7), TUSC 48 (3.4%, +3.4), Ind (actually Con) 29 (2.1%, -0.8), Green 25 (1.8%, +1.8). Swing of 12% from Lab to UKIP since 2012.

Riverside & Laleham Ward, Spelthorne BC. Con hold. Con 895 (53.3%, -7.3) UKIP 441 (27.2%, +8.4), Lab 227 (14%, +14), LD 56 (3.5%, -15.2). Swing of 7.9% from Con to UKIP since 2011.
  
Chipping Norton Ward, West Oxfordshire DC. Lab hold. Lab 810 (57%, -3), Con 500 (35.2%, -4.8), Green 58 (4.1%, +4.1), LD 53 (3.7%, +3.7). Swing of 0.9% from Con to Lab since 2012. Something of an iconic ward, Cameron's backyard!

31 October

Pillgwenlly Ward, Newport UA. Lab hold. Lab 500 (47.4%, -3.4), LD 233 (22.1%, +12), PC 167 (15.8%, -2.8), Con 155 (14.7%, -5.9). Swing of 7.7% from Lab to LD since 2012.

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