The elections have been dominated by the melt down of the Labour vote. The left in this years election has not managed to make any coordinated national challenge to Labour, but there were a few bright sparks.
In my experience, in a local election, any candidate who fights a good campaign can aim for something in the region of 5% to 10%; any result in excess of 10% suggests some impact and local roots that can be a good base for future growth.
Dave Nellist of the Socialist Party held Coventry St Michael’s ward
Ali Motasem Labour 1336
Cox Charles Stephen Conservative 399
Nellist Dave Socialist Alternative 1643 SOCIALIST PARTY WIN
Respect gain a third seat in Sparkbrook:
Respect 3032 42.64% RESPECT WIN
The Labour Party 2600 36.57%
Liberal Democrats 466 votes
The Left List in Preston Town Centre ward got almost exactly the same percentage of the vote as in 2006 on an increased turnout. So that would seem to be a good result for them. Michael Lavallette’s higher vote last year should be seen as both a personal credit to him, and also a result of the extraordinary effort Respect put in last year to ensure Michael retained his seat.
Jenny Buxton LibDem 186 8.9%
Salim Desai Labour 851 40.9%
Mukhtar Master No Description (Left List) 777 37.3%
Alun Roberts Cons 268 12.9%
Respect made a huge effort in Birmingham Springfield, and there was a lot of enthusiasm from voters I talked to. The overall share of the vote held up, but didn’t improve. It would be interesting to know what proportion of the Labour vote came from Postal votes.
EVANS, Jerry* Liberal Democrats 2,496 33.34
AHMED, Akhlaq The Labour Party 2,358 31.5
IQBAL, Salma Respect 1,881 25.13
PEARCE, Sam The Conservative Party 441 5.89
JONES, Michael British National Party 149 1.99
TAYLOR, Sandra Ann The Green Party 140 1.87
Elsewhere, a bad result for the left in Oxford, with the Independent Working Class Association losing two seats to Labour, and the Greens losing a seat.