Saturday, 24 May 2014

Local elections-how Green did they get, part 2

With almost all the councils having declared their full results now (still waiting for Tower Hamlets, where Tower Hamlets First is making strides and where Lutfur Rahman has been reelected mayor), here are some more useful updates, Green and otherwise:

We Greens are now the official opposition in Liverpool, Lewisham, Islington, and Solihull, even though we only got one councillor elected apiece in Lewisham and Islington respectively.

The Liberal Democrats were wiped out (reduced to zero councillors) notably in Manchester, Lewisham, Islington, Waltham Forest, Adur, Lambeth, Bromley, Wigan, and were almost wiped out in Brent, Camden, Liverpool and Rochdale where they once held much of a sway. Interestingly, they gained 2 seats in Sutton and did not lose any seats in Watford or Three Rivers (both in Hertfordshire), which they both still control, and only lost 1 seat apiece in Cheltenham and South Lakeland.

The Conservatives' most notable losses were Hammersmith & Fulham council, Croydon Council, and Havering Council, where there are now more independents than Conservatives. Their support was also smashed in Hounslow, falling from 25 councillors to just 11, and they lost both their Lewisham councillors. They lost councillors in Westminster for the first time in 12 years as well.

Despite fielding 561 candidates, TUSC failed to win a single seat, even in Coventry or Lewisham. The only TUSC-supported candidate who won was ex-Labour councillor Keith Morrell in Southampton. There was evidence of left disunity in Lewisham-People Before Profit outperformed TUSC in the mayoral election by getting 8.3% to TUSC's 1.9%, and also in the local elections. There were no gains for Left Unity either, or any results that noteworthy, unfortunately. The few Socialist Labour Party candidates in these elections also did not fare well, even in Barking and Dagenham where three Labour councillors defected to Socialist Labour.

Most of the damage UKIP did was to the Conservatives, but they also cost Labour control of Thurrock and Great Yarmouth councils. In metropolitan areas like Manchester, Liverpool, and Greater London, they were soundly rejected.

The Christian People's Alliance's plan to regain footing in Newham failed badly- they finished bottom in the mayoral race and their candidates finished last in every Newham ward- even though they fielded 55 out of a possible 60. Meanwhile in Bexley, their leader, ex-Conservative Sid Cordle, did not even get half the votes of the BNP candidate in Belvedere ward.

The BNP were just six votes away from having their presence extinguished completely at council level in Britain where their Pendle councillor, Brian Parker, held on by six votes in his ward. Worryingly, they also got a better vote share than the Liberal Democrats in Bexley (not much better, and partly because few Liberal Democrats bothered to stand in Bexley). Their feeble attempts in Barking and Dagenham were rebuffed easily. 

By the way, I will also bring you electoral results from Ireland as soon as is possible.

Alan. 

(updated due to new information having been found about the 2014 local elections) 



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