Welcome to my day: 22 March (with added by-election news)

We wake up to two very good by-election gains in Adeyfield West ward on Dacorum Borough Council (think Hemel Hempstead) and Lodbourne ward on North Dorset District Council. First, Dacorum…

Meanwhile, in North Dorset;

To balance that, there was a very disappointing loss in St George’s ward, Islington, where the final result was;

  • Labour 1,343 votes
  • Greens 381 votes
  • Liberal Democrats 276 votes
  • Conservatives 120 votes
  • BNP 31 votes
  • Socialist Party of Great Britain 18 votes
  • It’s another example of our continuing struggles against Labour. But if we’re struggling in some places, there’s more awful news for the Conservatives from Havering…

    So, what have we got for you today?

    IPPR publish a report on integration today, and we have coverage of that courtesy of Myriam Cherti. And, naturally, we have more commentary on George Osborne’s budget, as Prateek Buch, formerly of this parish, has some constructive criticism to offer. There will also be our regular reports from the House of Lords and Europe, and we hope to publish a tale of how our signature policy came to pass.

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    9 Comments

    • Martin Trevett 22nd Mar '13 - 8:48am

      Another gain in Hertfordshire in on Chorleywood Parish Council in Three Rivers District where Frank Mahon-Daly gain an Independent seat with the Conservatives trailing a poor 3rd
      Chorleywood Parish Council Chenies Ward

      Frank Mahon-Daly 202 Lib Dem
      Independent 128
      Conservative 66

      almost 26% turn out

    • Another Parish gain from Conservative , over 40% of vote on high turnout agin over 40%, Upwey near Chester, helps to make up for the two ghastly results from my old birthplace of Islington

    • We seem to be struggling more against Labour in what one might call “champagne socialist” areas than we are in “old albour” areas ? Is that just a gut feeling or is it borne out by facts ?

    • Great results last night elsewhere though

    • Also Maghull Town Council, between Aintree and Ormskirk, part of Sefton

      Labour 514 elected – Labour hold
      Labour 509 elected – Labour hold
      Labour 499 elected – Labour hold
      Lib Dem (Bruce Hubbard) 410
      Lib Dem (Wyn Maher) 391
      Lib Dem (Jen Robertson) 398
      Green 66

      Turnout 20.51%, Swing – Labour to Lib Dems 3.2%

    • I think the Islington result detailed above is for Junction ward, not St George’s. Not that the latter was much better..

      Walter George Barfoot – British National Party – 20
      Kat Fletcher – Labour Party – 1,698
      Julian Gregory – Liberal Democrat Party – 371
      Jon Robert Nott – Green Party – 206
      Evan James Williams – Conservative Party – 87
      There were 9 rejected ballots.

      Tim Hill -neither of the Islington wards are ‘Champagne Socialist’ areas; there’s an all-too-common misconception that Islington is home to latte-supping trendies when the reality is that most of the borough is pretty poor. Junction ward is centred on Archway (poor), while St George’s is based around Tufnell Park (mixed).

      These are the kind of areas that will hammer the Lib Dems, I think – a combination of quite tribal Labour voters and left-wing liberals.

    • David White 23rd Mar '13 - 1:07pm

      Excellent news from both Dacorum BC and Chorleywood PC. I say this because, until I returned to Hull in November 2011, I was an Abbots Langley PC LibDem councillor. In case you don’t know, the northern end of Abbots Langley adjoins Dacorum BC, at Pimlico (no passports necessary!) I’m delighted to be able to add that Abbots Langley PC is 100% LibDem – and long may it remain so!

    • Those Islington results are pretty remarkable.

      According to the figures on the ALDC site, Junction went from Lab 40.4% LD 37.7% to Lab 61.9% LD 12.7% (with the Greens moving into second place) and St George’s from Lab 32.8% LD 43.5% to Lab 71.3% LD 15.6%.

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