Saturday, 22 January 2011
Labour Vote Increasing Across The Country
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.