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, March 21, 2014

Council by-elections

There were five council by-elections yesterday:

Wroxham Ward, Broadland DC. LD hold. LD 482 (48.3%, +2.5), Con 341 (34.2%, -0.3), UKIP 112 (11.2%, +11.2), Lab 63 (6.3%, -4.3). Swing of 1.4% from Con to LD since 2011.

Gamston Ward, Rushcliffe DC. Con hold. Con 444 (44.2, -10), Lab 218 (21.7%, -3.2), UKIP 173 (17.2%, +17.2), LD 170 (16.9%, +6.9). Swing of 3.4% from Con to Lab since 2011.

Cellarhead Ward, Staffordshire Moorlands DC. Con gain from Ind. Con 175 (32.2%, -12.6), Lab 132 (24.3%, +24.3), Ind 119 (21.9%, -33.4), UKIP 105 (19.3%, +19.3), LD 13 (2.4%, +2.4). Swing of 18.5% from Con to Lab since 2011.

Bideford East Ward, Torridge DC. Ind hold. Ind 295 (39.5%, +18.2), Con 150 (20.1%, -9.1), Lab 140 (18.7%, +4.9), Ind 106 (14.2%, +14.2), LD 39 (5.2%, -13), Ind 17 (2.3%, +2.3). Swing of 13.7% from Con to Ind since 2011.

There was also a by-election in Portsoken Ward in the City of London, one of the wards with more residents (most City wards are dominated by non-resident business voters under their unique electoral system). This was won by Labour, the first time Labour has been represented on what is traditionally a non-party political council.

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