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, January 25, 2013

Council by-elections

There were just two by-elections yesterday:

Ross-on-Wye West Ward, Herefordshire Council. Con hold. Con 695 (54.4%, +21.8), Ind 312 (24.4%, -4.1), LD 270 (21.1%, -12.6). Swing of 12.9% from Ind to Con since 2011.

Highbridge & Burnham Marine Ward, Sedgemoor DC. LD hold. LD 379 (30.6%, -1.3), Con 288 (23.3%, +2.3), Ind 253 (20.5%, -8.2), Lab 249 (20.1%, +1.7), Ind 68 (5.5%, +5.5). Swing 1.8% LD to Con since 2011.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Progress Column

My Progress column this week is about the PM's speech on the EU:

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/01/24/ukip-tail-is-wagging-the-tory-dog/

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Labourlist column

In which I express my differences with Owen Jones: http://labourlist.org/2013/01/oh-dear-oh-dear-owen-jones/

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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Labourlist column

My Labourlist column this week is about Labour's 106 target seats:

http://labourlist.org/2013/01/a-gesture-of-great-political-and-organisational-self-confidence/

 
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