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.
Regular cast member Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson, is about to test TV boundaries
- 1 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Pirelli calendar 2015: The problem with 'plus-size' models like Candice Huffine
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Jeff Fletcher dead: Britpop guitarist is decapitated by lorry in horrific traffic accident
These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
Jimmy Ruffin dead: Motown legend, who wrote 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted', dies aged 78
New York snowstorm: Five dead and state of emergency declared as 'wall of snow' buries Buffalo
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
David Cameron 'compares Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Nazi Germany' ahead of tense meeting
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
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