Election2008: in brief
Saturday 03 May 2008
Wards settled by single votes
*Recounts led to two wards being settled by single votes. In Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, the Tories' deputy council leader, Jack Richardson, beat the independent Chloe Lancaster, 20, by 720 votes to 719 in Hawcoat ward. And in the Dalton South ward John Millar, an independent, edged out the Tory David Gill by 577 votes to 576.
Former 'Sun' editor's bid fails
*Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of The Sun, failed in his bid to win the Weybridge South seat on Elmbridge Borough Council in Surrey. Campaigning against rising parking charges, he won 227 votes.
BNP fails to hit target for gains
The extreme right British National Party gained 10 councillors – short of its target of 40 – to take its tally to more than 50. It made gains in Stoke-on-Trent, Rotherham, Calderdale and Three Rivers in Hertfordshire.
Teenagers take Southampton
Two 18-year-old Conservatives have been elected to Southampton council. David Fuller said he was amazed to have won the Bitterne ward by 460 votes after a swing of more than 800 from Labour. Matthew Jones admitted that he was shocked after hammering his Liberal Democrat rival by more than 500 votes in the city's Peartree ward, which had been held by an independent.
Consolation for first-time loser
*Jonathan Pryor, who became a Labour candidate on his 18th birthday, was defeated byJoyce Snape, an independent, in Chorley North-west, Lancashire, who attracted 2,055 votes. But he did finish second, beating the Tory, Barbara Higham, by 337 to 302.
PM rules by Scottish Nationals
*More bad news for Gordon Brown. The Prime Minister's home in Fife is represented by a Liberal Democrat MP and is in a country ruled by the Scottish National Party.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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