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Why Labour’s loss of Ramsbottom to CON should bring some cheer to the blue team

March 7th, 2014

It is well over a year since PB started its regular Thursday night coverage of local council by-election. Harry Hayfield has done a great job of keeping us all informed.

For me the significant results are those where two of the main parties are going head to head in a ward that’s part of a key marginal.

    That doesn’t happen very often and even more rare is for the opposition party at Westminster to lose a seat this close to a general election.

Ramsbottom, where my mother was born, is part of Bury North which was taken by the Tories off Labour at GE2010. It is a seat that EdM really has to win back at GE2015 if his party has any hope of forming a majority.

It is a ward that has a history of hard-fought contests between CON and LAB. In 2011 the two parties tied and LAB was given the seat after lots were drawn.

A key factor in this latest election was the very high number, 60% or so, of postal votes which is vey good indicator of local party organisation.

So a very good result for the Tories and a very bad one for Labour.

Mike Smithson

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