Saturday, 9 September 2017

Where Labour has seen the best improvement in vote share in Southend since 2012



As Southend Labour starts to look forward to next May's local election minds will start to look at where our likely successes are to be found.

This table compares Labour's results in Southend-on-Sea in 2012 and 2016.


2012
2016
Gain
Prittlewell
17.1
27.0
9.9
Milton
35.8
45.3
9.5
Blenheim Park
16.5
24.6
8.1
Victoria
50.4
54.7
4.3
Kursaal
38.8
42.2
3.4
Westborough
31.0
33.9
2.9
Thorpe
4.3
6.2
1.9
Belfairs
10.3
10.5
0.2
Southchurch
12.6
12.1
-0.5
West Leigh
9.1
8.6
-0.5
St Laurence
19.3
17.2
-2.1
Chalkwell
19.1
16.3
-2.8
Shoeburyness
12.8
9.4
-3.4
West Shoebury
14.9
10.2
-4.7
St Luke's
25.8
20.9
-4.9
Eastwood Park
15.9
9.2
-6.7
Leigh
19.6
11.3
-8.3

Whilst admittedly a somewhat crude measure, it does show where our campaigning has been most effective. I am pleased to report that I played a significant role in the top three best performances.

Two of the top three would give us gains, one from the Tories.

What is not known is what happened in these wards in June, although some sampling at the count does provide some clues. However as good as June was for us, and the opinion polls since have made reasonable reading, we must also remember just how bad the May local elections were.

Who knows what will happen between now and May, but there is reason for optimism that the local Labour Group will grow, and that the Conservatives' grip on power in the council chamber will weaken.

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