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 17, 2014

Council by-election

There was only one council by-election yesterday but it was a significant result. Labour gained a knife-edge marginal seat from the Tories in Trafford, one of only two Metropolitan boroughs they still control, and in a ward bordering onto Wythenshawe & Sale East where there is soon to be a parliamentary by-election.

This means the Tories have lost all three of the seats they have defended so far this year.

Broadheath Ward, Trafford MBC.  Lab gain from Con. Lab 1377 (44.6%, -1.7), Con 1258 (40.8%, +1.8), UKIP 234 (7.6%, +1.4), LD 150 (4.9%, +0.6), Green 67 (2.2%, -2.2). Swing of 1.8% from Lab to Con since 2012.


Anonymous jim jepps said...

Sorry, there's probably a good explanation for this but I'm a bit confused by the numbers here.

The Labour vote went down, the Tory vote went up and yet it's a gain for Labour? How come?

10:12 am, January 17, 2014

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Because this is a ward that elects its 3 councillors one per year. So the change figures are since 2012 which was when Labour already won one of the three seats, but the actual seat contested and gained was last fought in 2011 or 2010 when the Tories won it.

10:03 am, January 21, 2014

Anonymous jim jepps said...

Thanks for the explanation - that makes sense!

11:01 pm, January 31, 2014


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