Labour in four local by-elections
According to LibDem Voice, at four local by-elections last week:
- The Labour vote was up by 17.7% compared with May 2010 in Camden LBC, Kentish Town (the LibDem came second with almost exactly half the Labour vote, 3.6% down on May; the Conservative came fourth (after the Green), 5.1% down).
- Labour also held South Lanarkshire UA, East Kilbride West, increasing its May 2010 vote by +0.8% (SNP second, down 2.4%; Con third, 5.7% up on May but still with fewer than half Labour’s vote).
- The LibDems held Cheltenham BC, Springbank with their share of the vote down by 2.9% (Con second, 13.4% down; Labour third (13.1% up), and the Green fourth (3.2% up).
- Labour held Great Aycliffe Town Council, West (“Ind” second, LibDem third; no figures for May 2010 available).
Rather encouraging for Labour, considering that the coalition’s cuts have not yet begun to bite and Labour’s new leader has not yet begun to make his full impact after an impressive start. But it’s a very small and unscientific sample.