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.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Council by-elections

Barnsley Central isn't the only by-election tonight.

There are some council ones too, with excellent results for Labour including gains in Cardiff and Wigan:

March North Division, Cambs CC. Con hold. Con 616 (52.4%, -3.4), Lab 282 (24%, +10.3), LD 277 (23.6%, -6.9). Swing of 6.9% from Con to Lab since 2009.

Riverside Ward, Cardiff CBC. Lab gain from Plaid Cymru. Lab 1700 (46.8%, +14.4), PC 1099 (30.3%, -13.6), Con 369 (10.2%, -2), Green 277 (7.6%, +7.6), LD 187 (5.1%, -6.4). Swing of 14% from PC to Lab since 2008.

Walkden North Ward, Salford MBC. Lab hold. Lab 1291 (72.6%, +21.7), Con 209 (11.7%, -10.2), Eng Dem 125 (7%, -2.7), BNP 92 (5.2%, +5.2), LD 62 (3.5%, -13.9). Swing of 16% from Con to Lab since 2010.

Kilpatrick Ward, West Dunbartonshire CC. Lab hold. Lab 1382 (60.1%, +4.2) SNP 758 (32.9%, +0.1) Con 161 (7.0%, -1.3). Swing of 2.1% from SNP to Lab since 2007.

Wigan Central Ward, Wigan MBC. Lab gain from Con. Lab 1165 (48.6%, +6.4), Con 652 (27.2%, +1.3), Ind Con 393 (16.4%, -2.2), UKIP 189 (7.9%, -0.2). Swing of 2.6% from Con to Lab since 2010.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

some great results there Luke for Labour, so very encouraging.

Northern wipeout for LD's could clean sheet many councils

and the Cambridge March result is excellent and shows us winning votes in the south again

12:47 am, March 04, 2011

Blogger David Boothroyd said...

Before anyone comments about the changes in Wigan not making sense, the seat that was up last night was won by the Conservatives in 2008. The sitting Conservative councillor up for re-election in 2010 left and stood for Wigan Independent Conservatives, taking a large chunk of the Conservative vote, so that Labour won the seat.

Note that in 2010 the Conservative and Independent Conservative outpolled Labour, but in yesterday's byelection Labour was higher than the combined total.

12:48 am, March 04, 2011

Blogger Democritus said...

For info the Cardiff (Pontcanna/Riverside) seat was vacated by former Chief Exec of Plaid Cymru. This was a pathetic Plaid vote given that today was also the referendum on law making powers for our glorious Assemberlee ...

3:28 am, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes great results all around

well done to candidates

The result in rural Cambridgeshire was excellent

clear we are opposition to Tories

if UKIP now stand in more rural areas we will pick up numerous more rural seats

lets make sure we have as many candidates as possible standing in May and get after this Coalition of Millionaires

Lets also target Tory/Lib Dem Council leaders - for decapitation
with well placed independents

1:37 pm, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

so Nick Clegg says cannot read anything into Barnsley because of low turnout

I guarantee Barnsley had a better turnout than we get on the AV referendum

3:42 pm, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic - Labour gain 2 council seats out of >10000. Keep it up, you might have more than 18 councils sometime next decade!

8:18 pm, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The press are making a great deal of the Lib Dems parliamentary by-election woes but the fall in the Tory vote in both Barnsley and OES is more significant because it is in line with their performance in the 22 local council by-elections held to date in 2011.

The Tories have lost 6 of the 15 seats they were defending, 4 to Labour and 2 to their coalition partners.

According to the tables shown on the ALCS web-site, the Tories are defending 5041 seats in May and the Lib Dems defending 1837.

I wonder how many are going to lose?

9:16 pm, March 04, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding achievement,Labour win by-election in safe Labour seat.

10:27 pm, March 06, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think labour need to work on the tensions between the conservatives and the lib dems. This coalition can't and won't last and going on recent polls the conservative party will have no right govern.

It's not clear what the lib dems hope to achieve from this deal other than end up with no seats after the next election. Nick Clegg seems completely wreckless about his reputation and the lies he told that gave his party a handful of seats. He has upset a generation that will be voting for 60 years, not a good move.

10:55 pm, March 07, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lib Dems come sixth and UKIP beat Tories
Rise in UKIP vote threatens Tory council seats in May

Lib Dems council seats halved

11:43 pm, March 07, 2011

Blogger Merseymike said...

The FibDems are collapsing up here. And there are loads of NW marginals which we can win as their votes disproportionately go our way here - they deliberately presented themselves as to the left of us so their voters in the main aren't Tory-leaning

The Cardiff result is encouraging as Pontcanna is full of Guardianistas likely to have been miffed over Iraq, and Wigan central is actually a renamed Swinley seat, which could have been drawn to ensure a safe Tory seat in the town

6:52 pm, March 10, 2011


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