The ward had, up until last night (29th July 2010) been a marginal ward for the Conservative Party, it was traditionally Labour but a hard working and well liked Tory took it off them and held it until her death recently, hence the by-election. The Conservative Party should also be concerned about their result too as there was a substantial swing back to Labour in the ward.
The results in alphabetic order were:
Berry, Conservative – 460.
Freil, Liberal Democrat - 52
Gardener, BNP - 131.
Hodgson, UKIP – 55.
Leach, Labour – 1292.
If our UKIP candidate, who did not campaigning or work in this election at all, can still get three votes more than the Liberal Democrats then Nick Clegg and his party are in deep do-dah, to say the least.
This follows a similar experience literally in Walsall, where again I had been the election agent for our UKIP candidate, Paul Valdmanis in the Bloxwich West Ward. His vote beat the Liberal Democrat candidate by 20 votes in that one. The Greens had the privilege of being last.
These are only two local by-elections, both with low turnouts of just over 20%, but it would be interesting to see what is going on around the country and if similar results are recorded. If that is the case then this coalition is in trouble. The members and supporters of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are generally not happy with the situation – they voted for their party and got something else. David Cameron is proving to be an ineffective weak leader and not doing well on the world stage, and Nick Clegg, as expected by this blogger, is going all out to prove what an utter prat he is. On this basis the Labour Party could find itself back in power sooner than it thinks – and God help us all.