The red team continues to make progress
|Party||Votes Cast||% Votes||Seats Won||Change|
|United Kingdom Independence Party||771||1.55%||0||n/c|
|Scottish National Party||571||1.15%||0||n/c|
|British National Party||183||0.37%||0||n/c|
GAINS / LOSSES
Conservative GAINS: Newton (Swansea)
Labour GAINS: Tilgate (Crawley), Irwell (Rossendale), Treherbert (Rhondda,
Cynon, Taff), River (Medway), Barton and Sandhill (Oxford)
Liberal Democrat GAINS: Capel, Leigh and Newdigate (Mole Valley)
Other GAINS: St. Nicholas (Herefordshire)
Change on past local elections (overall)
The trend of Labour recovering it’s past losses continued in October with Labour picking up wards from Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru and managing to poll over 2,000 more votes than the Conservatives recording a 3.5% swing in their favour compared with the 2007 local elections.
This continues to suggest that next year’s local elections will be a triumph for Labour in Conservative / Labour battleground councils and a disaster for the Liberal Democrats in the urban councils. One bright spot for the yellowsa is a 2.5% swing from Conservative to Liberal Democrat, suggesting that councils with little or no Labour representation (such as Solihull in the West Midlands, Poole in Dorset, Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire and Mole Valley in Sussex) could be Lib Dem beacons of triumph on an otherwise gloomy night.