Saturday, 22 January 2011

Labour Vote Increasing Across The Country

Labour has been doing relatively well in recent national opinion polls, but we all know that what really matters are real votes in ballot boxes.

So following on from the impressive victory by Labour in Oldham East & Saddleworth, it is interesting so see the progress the party is making in council by-elections across the country.

Last week in a safe Labour seat in Manchester (Baguley ward) the party's share of the vote increased to 71%, up 24%; Tories dropped by 5% to 11% and the Lib Dems crumbled 21% to just 4%.

In Kent (Tonbridge ward), which is rock solid Tory blue, the Labour vote also improved, replacing the Lib Dems in 2nd place. Result: Con 57% (+10%), Lab 22% (+13%) and Lib Dems 9% (-7%).

Even where the Lib Dems manage to hold on such as in Conwy (Marl ward), their votes are collapsing and Labour making strong progress. Result: Lib Dem 40% (-11%), Con 28% (+6%), Lab 22% (+14%).

All in all, these are encouraging results and as long as we continue to put the hard work in, we know that we will be in with a fighting chance of Jan Gavin retaking Redlands ward for Labour in Reading on 5 May 2011.

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