Friday, 15 October 2010

[Quick] By-Election Round-up (14th October)

As I can't provide a full post until tomorrow I'll just throw out a short round up of last nights results.

Labour enjoyed a pretty good night as they enjoyed swings towards them in all four of the seats they were defending. As a result, they comfortably held – Hull Road, York City Council; Billinge & Seneley Green, St Helens MBC (Merseyside); Deneside, Durham CC and Neath North, Neath Port Talbot CBC. They also managed to gain the Treherbert ward on the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Council from Plaid Cymru.

Labour missed out on their other target last night as the Liberal Democrats held on to Central Ward, Watford BC. This was a good result for the Lib Dems as it was the first time they've really been tested in an urban seat since the General Election. The Lib Dems also held St. Pauls, Winchester City Council but failed in their main target of the night. In the St. Nicholas ward, Herefordshire CC they come second behind an Independent in 2007. But a recently formed local party, It's Our County, snatched the seat with an impressive majority.

The Conservatives weren't likely to gain any seats last night, but they did hold on to Guiseley & Rawdon, Leeds City Council (West Yorkshire).

So, I think I've covered them all briefly. A more detailed look at the results will be up tomorrow.


  1. I would like to point-out that whilst the Conservatives did hold Guiseley and Rawdon, they did so with a majority reduced from 1500 to 367.

  2. Hmmm. A 2% swing doesn't quite sound as impressive though. Which is all it was given differential turnout. To put it another way, Labour's vote total was cut in half from May, down from 3574 to 1708...