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Local Elections

Most of the Wards have now declared as I write this (163 of the 170 holding partial -or whole- elections). So what does daylight bring?

Well Labour did get a kicking as generally expected, loosing 254 Councillors and control of 18 Councils. The Conservatives did well picking up most of the Labour scalps by gaining 250 Councillors and winning 12 Councils they hadn't controlled at the beginning of the night. The LibDems, in my mind, had a poor showing only gaining 18 additional councillors and control of 1 additional Council.

The Green Party gained an additional 14 Councillors and the BNP gained a further 13 - both of which were pretty much expected.

The National Share of the vote was roughly as follows:

Conseravtive 40%
Liberal Democrat 27%
Labour 26%
Other Parties 7%

Of course all of the above figures will change slightly as the remaining Councils complete their counts and declare.

I'm annoyed that in Barnet (my council) The Conservatives - who had been expected to be in trouble up here for a variety of reasons - actually made headway and gained 5 seats (4 from Labour and 1 from the LibDems). I'm guessing that might spell the end of Barnet Footbal Club remaining in the Borough :(

More commentary later (maybe) but I need to get ready for work. Well done to The Greens though , I'm really glad they had a good showing :)


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May. 5th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
Our local results...
Candidate Party Votes cast
Leigh Alcock Liberal Democrat 549
Randeep Kaur Samra Conservative 362
Robin Cyril Turner Labour 1295

Elected : Labour

Turn out : 24.6%

Though I hate labour I voted for Robin because he is an excellent local councillor who is always ready to help his constituents. He literally made himself ill he worked so hard and regardless of political preference I respect that.

However note the turn out - if the other 75% had some one else that they agreed with enough to vote for it could tuirn everything round.
John didn't vote because he felt none of the parties could be bothered to come and explain thier ideas to him so why should he be interested. I'd guess he is not alone in that.

BTW the conservatives managed to put forward a candidate who was actually too young to stand!
May. 5th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Was tempted to vote conservative, as they were the ONLY ones who I had any election bunf from. While it's good that they are not wasting paper, seems odd that no-one bothered leafleting.
May. 5th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
If you are not going to leaflet you need to put across your ideas in other ways.
Around here leaflets are useless - they just go straight in the bin - and 25% of the local populous are functionally illiterate anyway!

The way to get information out is face to face and then let the gosssip network carry it to all corners.

Any political group who could tap into that would be laughing
May. 5th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
Camden and Islington wards are now Green. Thats good news IMHO and thankfully they gained more than BNP.

Barnet has been Tory forever and I suspect will stay that way :(
May. 5th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Here in Lewisham, Ladywell ward went 100% Green, and we now have 6 Green councillors.
May. 5th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Came very close to booting out labour in Haringey (11 lib dem gains). Unfortunately, not close enough.
May. 5th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
Hammersmith saw a Conservative landslide. I wouldn't vote for them exactly because of excess leafleting - I probably received over 10 of the same thing over the past couple of weeks. What a waste!

In a completely unrelated topic, Angus, we are now seeing The Raconteurs at the O2 Wireless Festival as well. :)
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