Sutton (Notts) By-election

Remember that Simon Hughes told conference in the closing session before Ming’s speech that he was planning to help in a Nottinghamshire County Council by-election on his way home?

Despite the filthy weather that day, Simon’s help clearly paid off. Today was polling day, and an intrepid count-goer has texted the result to Lib Dem Voice’s Night Editor.

Members of the Labour Party should look away now.

UKIP 70 2%
Con 222 8%
Lab 435 16%
Lib Dem 1979 73%

Congrats to all concerned, including newly elected Cllr Jazon Zadrozny. I’m sure someone will be along in the morning who can calculate swing properly, but my calculation from the results last time, where Labour had 45% of the vote and a majority of 981, it’s a swing to the Lib Dems of over 50%.

Co-incidentally, the Ashfield constituency selection advertisement should be turning up in Lib Dem News any time now.

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  • (Consults back of envelope) 47.5% swing Lab to Lib Dem.

    The increase in the lib dem share of the vote is 58.5%.

    Great result.

  • It must be the biggest swing to us in Nottinghamshire ever?
    Are there bigger swings in other parts of the East Midlands or in other area’s of the Country?

  • meiriongwril 23rd Mar '07 - 2:04pm

    Oh – yummy

  • Angus J Huck 23rd Mar '07 - 8:07pm

    The Conservatives have nothing to write home about, either, bearing in mind they won the Ashfield Parliamentary Byelection in 1977 (the same night Austin Mitchell took Grimsby).

    Very fitting that Simon Hughes should have been a part of this. Simon won Bermondsey from Labour with (I believe) a similar swing.

  • It is mathematically possible to have a swing of 100%. 44% is extremely impressive though.

  • Liberal First 26th Mar '07 - 6:22am

    These kind of swings are unusual without a local scandal, what was the story with Labour here…?

  • ConservativeHome worked the swing out as about 44%. If it’s not personal scandal, then I suggest a certain income tax “cut” was to blame…

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