Labour gains in by-elections surge
Friday 09 March 2012
Labour gained in the latest council by-elections, taking one seat from Tories and coming close to winning another.
There were large swings to the party in two of this week's three contests.
Its candidate Anne Hobbs triumphed at Rowley, Stafford Borough. Former town MP David Kidney signed her nomination papers.
Labour also slashed the majority to 72 in what had seemed a safe Conservative ward at Kemsley, Swale Borough, Kent.
This result saw Ukip advance by more than 10%.
Labour's vote share did tumble at Baylis and Stoke, Slough Borough, although Tories and Liberal Democrats failed to fight.
Slough Borough - Baylis and Stoke: Lab 1,300, Ind 764, Ukip 82, No description 68. (May 2011 - Lab 2,351, C 349, Lib Dem 225). Lab hold.
Stafford Borough - Rowley: Lab 620, C 540, Green 67, Ukip 61. (May 2011 - Two seats C 868, 783, Lab 759, 711, Green 222, Lib Dem 146). Lab gain from C. Swing 5.4% C to Lab.
Swale Borough - Kemsley: C 384, Lab 312, Ukip 279, Lib Dem 166. (May 2011 - Two seats C 830, 797, Lab 461, 397, Ukip 230, Lib Dem 122). C hold. Swing 8.8% C to Lab.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: Supply teachers needed for va...
£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Preston: Randstad Education is urgently...
£110 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad are currently look...
£400000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy Markets An...