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.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Council by-election results

Thursday's results - a little later than usual because I have restricted use of blogger as I am in the National Hospital for Neurology awaiting treatment for some neurological problems - working diagnosis is CIDP - which over the last two months has progressively reduced my ability to walk.

Anyway, the results were not good for Labour:

Felpham West Ward, Arun DC. Con hold.
Con 630 (52.1%; +12.8), LD 269 (22.2%; +6.2), BNP 165 (13.6%; +13.6), UKIP 89 (7.4%; -8.8), Lab 56 (4.6%; +4.6). Swing of 9.5% from LD to Con since 2007.

Skircoat Ward, Calderdale MBC. Con hold.
Con 1327 (36.8%; -17.2), LD 1209 (33.5%; +0.5), Lab 274 (7.6%; -0.2), Ind 238 (6.6%; +6.6), BNP 235 (6.5%; +6.5), Ind 229 (6.4%; +6.4), Green 92 (2.6%; -2.6). Swing of 8.9% from Con to LD since 2008.

Belsize Ward, LB Camden. LD hold.
LD 1136 (46.0%; +5.4), Con 952 (38.6%; +1.7), Lab 270 (10.9%; -3.2), Green 109 (4.4%; -3.9). Swing of 1.9% from Con to LD since 2006.

Ramsey Ward, Huntingdonshire DC. Con hold.
Con 626 (38.1% ;-8.1), UKIP 520 (31.6%; +9.8), LD 432 (26.3%; -0.9), Lab 67 (4.1%;-0.8). Swing of 9% from Con to UKIP since 2008.

Temple Newsam Ward, Leeds City Council. Con gain from Lab.
Con 1785 (28.0%; -5.9), BNP 1502 (23.6%; +1.4), Lab 1476 (23.2%; -6.4), LD 1468 (23.1%; +15.6), Green 137 (2.2%; +2.2). Swing of 3.7% from Con to BNP since 2008.

Dormanstown Ward, Redcar and Cleveland BC. LD gain from Lab.
LD 809 (42.4%; +17.3), Lab 667 (35.0%; -17.1), BNP 305 (16.6%; +16.6), Con 125 (6.6%; -16.2). Swing of 17.2% from Lab to LD since 2007.

Moulton, Weston and Cowbit Ward, South Holland DC. Con hold.
Con 937 (81.1%; +28.5), LD 219 (18.9%; +18.9). Swing of 4.8% from LD to Con since 2007.


Blogger subrosa said...

I do hope your health recovers soon. The results don't mean much to a Scot but I expect they're of interest to many.

10:07 pm, April 04, 2009

Anonymous Andrea said...

Get well soon! All the best

10:53 pm, April 04, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you a prompt and good recovery !!!!

And if all else fails then give a trusted relative your postal proxy !

And you know what I mean even if some of the arseholes pretend not to know !!

11:56 pm, April 04, 2009

Anonymous angry voter said...

Get well soon.

1:24 am, April 05, 2009

Anonymous A Very Public Sociologist said...

Very sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Luke. All the best with the recovery.

5:13 pm, April 05, 2009

Blogger Praguetory said...

I don't know wnything of your illness, but I hope your medical situation improves.

8:51 am, April 06, 2009

Blogger OscottLocal said...

Good luck Luke but I'm sure you will be fine...

9:03 am, April 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to lokk up 'CIDP' - very sorry to hear you have it. You have my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

9:29 am, April 06, 2009

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

Get well soon, Luke. This isn't a political point (honest!) but Tony Benn has something very similar - has done for years - and I suspect he'd be a good person to talk to about living with it, long-term prognosis, politically campaigning with it, etc.

Hope you're back on your feet soon.

4:16 pm, April 06, 2009

Anonymous London Fields Fido said...

Luke get well soon
from an avid Hackney reader of your blog

8:05 pm, April 06, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...


Wish you some how you can recover!

12:15 am, April 07, 2009

Anonymous Markus said...

Hope you get well soon.

12:18 am, April 07, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Again council elections don't really give you a good indication on how people will vote come the next general election.

Just watched the video on the G20 website showing the assault on the man who died during the event. To be honest I'm a little appalled at how that police officer reacted. Pushing someone that hard is no way to remove someone. You are taught to lead the person away by one arm and specifically trained not to push.

If the push lead to his death then he should be charged with manslaughter, No way to treat a legal protester.


8:06 pm, April 07, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

The protesters were treated worse than criminals, being cornered and ilegally detained for 8 hours this whole thing really stinks. Has anything changed sinse the days of oppressive governments in this country?

11:28 pm, April 07, 2009

Anonymous Alison said...

Sorry to hear you're in hospital, hope you get better soon!

10:09 am, April 08, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I often find your brand of knee jerk reactionary politics galling - though sometimes I do agree with you. But I respect the commitment to the party you have - and no doubt you hate the Tories as much as this Compassite does.

Regardless of differences in position I am sorry to hear of your illness - and I hope that get some effective treatment. And if your illness does end up having a big impact on your life I think you are stubborn and tough enough to face it head on and deal with it.

Best wishes.

9:33 pm, April 08, 2009

Blogger E10 Rifle said...

Get better soon Luke. All the best.

7:43 pm, April 09, 2009

Anonymous Observer's friend said...

Here's wishing you the very best of health!

6:50 am, April 10, 2009

Blogger Martin Meenagh said...

I hope that your treatment is successful and that you cope with and avoid complications from your illness. I turn up here from time to time to criticise, but I sincerely wish you the best of health.

10:30 pm, April 10, 2009

Blogger Sunder Katwala said...

Dear Luke

Must salute your dedication in bringing the rest of us the by-election news while in hospital.

Good luck with the treatment and very best wishes to you. Also look forward to your being back campaigning (and indeed back trot-bashing, of course!) soon.


10:47 pm, April 10, 2009

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