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Local elections 2014: overnight round-up

23 May 2014

Around a third of all councils up for election yesterday have now declared. Here are the results so far:

So far the Conservatives have lost eight councils, with 15 declared Conservative. The Tories have 1,005 seats (a loss of 85). Labour has gained 73 seats with 1,280 now Labour and two councils, with 25 declared Labour. The Lib Dems have one council declared for them, losing one. Seven councils have moved to no overall control – a total of 16 councils are NOC so far. Ukip has not won any councils but has gained 81 seats taking it 102. This means the party has already met its target of 80 gains.

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Here are some of the most interesting results:

– Labour has taken control of flagship Conservative council Hammersmith and Fulham.
– Labour has lost control of key marginal constituency Thurrock. Ed Miliband claimed in 2012 when his party won this council that it proved Labour were ‘winning back people’s trust [and] regaining ground’.
– The Lib Dems have lost control of Portsmouth Council after Ukip took six seats, including the council seat of Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock.
– Labour has won Merton, which it was targeting.
– Ukip has become the official opposition in Rotherham, taking 10 seats.
– It also gained 11 seats in Basildon.


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  • Mynydd

    I think we have some sense and reason. From the figures above, Conservative 1005 seats, Labour 1280, UKIP 102 seats. Which ever way Mr Farage spins it, country wide UKIP are just also runs. They don’t control even one council. Until they control councils across the country, and more MPs than Lib Dems, they will continue to be a minor party.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …who seem to be making you dance and spin, apparently.

    • Penny

      The figures have changed since your comment, but yes, there are more ConLabLib seats that UKIP, Independents, Green’s and “others”.

      But when you are talking about a new and developing party then your analysis has to take in other factors: the most important of which is local party establishment, activists and funding. If there is no local party in the areas where council elections are taking place then there will be no candidate on the ballot paper. I know from reading around a few blogs that this was the case in some areas: UKIP had no candidate to vote for.

      All parties target their most likely areas and wards but the limitations for a new party are such that these will be fewer – and possibly less effective- than ConLabLib. If UKIP membership grows then the establishment of local branches and the number of activists will also grow. Policies aside, local activism is the bread and butter of a local campaign. I have seen an entire town “converted” from a party that had held sway for decades, into a clean sweep of the board.

      Another thing you have to look at is not the number of seats taken but the changes. Who has gone up and who as gone down? Conservatives and LibDems have taken a bad hit; Labour did not achieve its goal. The three main parties are not taking UKIP’s success lightly. There appears to be some quite serious introspection going on.

  • Ian Walker

    I’m interested in whether the ‘UKIP effect’ has increased turnout, but no-one seems to be reporting on that.

    • Holly

      It’s about 36% according to the BBC news about two minutes ago.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Rotherham? Interesting. I wonder if the local authorities up there will be quite so keen now to remove children from UKIP fosterers or give their favoured demographic quite so much leeway with their grooming activities.

  • telemachus

    He grins now
    The next 12 months we must all work hard to remove that vapid visage

    • Chingford Man

      Let’s start by removing your vapid visage.

      • telemachus

        You should look at my avatar
        And remember it May 7

        • terence patrick hewett

          The Bert Weedon lessons are really good.

        • Holly

          Ah, the rose.
          Okay to look at & stick in a vase, but have been known to kill people.

        • Hexhamgeezer

          covered in greenfly and thorns

      • Holly

        I think that’s who he * REALLY * meant.
        Tee hee.

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