Friday, 2 September 2016

How did we do in August?



Date
Where
Labour performance
Where finished
Result
4th
Eden DC, Alston Moor

-
LD Gain from Conservative

Ashford BC, Beaver
243 [27.4%; -10.4%]
2nd
UKIP gain from Labour

East Riding of Yorkshire UA, South East Holderness
806 [33.8%; +7.9%]
2nd
Conservative hold

Brighton & Hove UA, East Brighton
1488 [57.5%; +11.1%]
1st
Labour hold

Rushcliffe BC, Cranmer
130 [22.2%; -7.0%]
3rd
Conservative hold

Newcastle-Under-Lyme BC, Silverdale and Parksite
399 [56.4%; +19.5%]
1st
Labour gain from UKIP

Nottinghamshire CC, Bingham
382 [13.2%; -7.0%]
3rd
Conservative hold
11th
Renfrewshire UA, Renfrew South & Gallowhill
1012 [36.9%; -8.5%]
2nd
SNP gain from Labour

Worcestershire CC, Ombersley
0 [0%; -8.6%]
-
Conservative hold

North Ayrshire UA, Irvine West
1029 [33.1%; -7.1%]
2nd**
Labour gain from SNP
18th
Waverley BC, Farnham Shortheath & Boundstonea
[0.0%; -14.3%]
-
Farnham Residents gain from Conservative

Redcar & Cleveland UA, Ormesby
126 [9.7%; -9.4%]
3rd
LD hold

Richmondshire DC, Catterick

-
Conservative gain from Independent

Surrey CC, Farnham South
77 [3.4%; -3.6%]
6th
Conservative hold

Colne TC, Horsfield
201 [25%]
3rd
Conservative hold

Gravesham BC, Pelham
494 [46.2%; -4.1%]
1st
Labour hold

Waverley BC, Farnham Castle
[0.0%; -14.5%]
-
Farnham Residents gain from Conservatives

Wandsworth LBC, Tooting
1467 [58.5%; +13.7%]
1st
Labour hold

Thanet DC, Northwood (2 Vacancies)
356 [28.8%; +0.3%]
325
3rd
4th
UKIP hold both seats

Whiston TC, Delph
159 [36.1%]
1st
Lab hold

Kent CC, Gravesham East
1538 [31.5%; -4.8%]
2nd
Conservative gain from Labour

Colne TC, Vivary Bridge
201 [25.6%]
3rd
LD gain from Conservative
22nd
Farnham TC, Castle
86 [8.9%; -3.1%]
3rd
Farnham Residents hold
25th
Fife UA, The Lochs
1318 [47.1%; +6.4%]
1st
Labour gain from Independent (Communist)

Hailsham TC, East

-
LD gain from Conservative


·         25 contests
·         Labour did not field a candidate in 6 contests
·         7 Labour wins
·         Labour lost 3 seats
·         3 Labour gains (no nett gain)
·         Labour vote share went up on 6 occasions
·         Labour vote share went down in 13 contests
·         Out of the top two in 8 contests

This is a mixed picture. It could be argued that Labour should be doing better in this part of the electoral cycle, and I would agree with that. But Labour is in turmoil at the moment, and so these results are pretty good considering. If Labour can unite behind its new Leader then it should be reflected in far rosier results.

This Leadership contest cannot finish soon enough - this has been a horrible summer for the Labour Party, and we have to move on and be the effective opposition to the Conservatives and their ill-thought out plans.

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