Friday, 3 September 2010

Labour hold in Skelmersdale

Last nights by-elections did not provide any shocks. Labour were defending two seats on the West Lancashire District Council; both on the outskirts of Skelmersdale. Labour were expected to hold both seats and they did so with ease. Although the Up Holland ward elected a Conservative in 2008, in this year's election Labour won by a considerable margin. Last nights result was a little closer but their 150 vote victory was comfortable considering the turnout. In Skelmersdale South they weigh Labour's votes rather than counting them! Both newly elected Councillors face the voters again in 8 months time.

As for the Town Council elections the Conservatives held West Ward on the Camborne Town Council (Cornwall), Town on the Sevenoaks Town Council (Kent) and Castle on the Oswestry Town Council (Shropshire). However, they did lose Castle on the Alnwick Town Council (Northumberland) to the Liberal Democrats.

Hopefully this is the calm before the storm – the storm being next week's bumper night of Council election fun! A third of both the Exeter and Norwich City Councils are up for grabs as well as four other top-tier by-elections. I'll be previewing the whole lot over the next week.


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