Election Results – Two Wins So Far

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.

TOWN CENTRE
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.

139 comments on “Election Results – Two Wins So Far

  1. The IWCA might be a bit odd but is it bollox racist – it group out of Anti-Fascist Action!

    Are you SWP by any chance Dave? Is this an historical hang-up about Red Action?

  2. Dave Festive on said:

    the iwca has a position of british jobs for british workers. it is a reactionary organisation, closer to ukip than to a genuine socialist organisation.

  3. Matthew on said:

    It’s not just the SWP that say the IWCA is ‘racist’, but i’d like to hear the argument.

  4. “the iwca has a position of british jobs for british workers”

    do you have any proof of that claim?

    I don’t think they even claim to be socialist do they?

  5. I went on numerous AFA mobilisations in the past where people who support the IWCA now were trying to stop the BNP. If they are racists it was deep cover.

  6. Nick on said:

    The IWCA doesn’t have a british jobs for british workers position (unlike our illustrious prime minister). They do oppose funding community groups and services aimed specifically at ethnic minority communties arguing that this causes division in the working class. I don’t agree with that position but I think it can legitmately be called a left wing one.

  7. A fantastic result in Sparkbrook, Birmingham and a credit to all in Respect who worked so hard. Cant wait for the London results later today – its looking good.

    The postal votes in Birmingham Springfield is what gave New labour and Lib Dems the edge – I’am sure they would have had 20% plus sown up even efore the polls opended! Respect to hold 25.13% with New Labour and Lib Dems fighting head to head (+ postal votes)was a great result.

    Neil

  8. Tabish M on said:

    How the hell are BBC saying that it’s looking likey that bors has won.. cant believe London can elect a joker!

  9. i don’t support the iwca and i think their politics (or lack of) are problematic but it’s clearly not the case that they are racist. some of their work on working class estates should be of interest to the rest of the left to learn from and improve on in fact.

    congratulations to dave nellist on another win.

    ks

  10. Luke on said:

    The Greens have now moved into official opposition on Norwich City Council which is an excellent position to be in, come the next General Election. I believe the party should start putting it’s resources here as opposed to Brighton Pavillions, but national politics and local parties are very different indeed.

    Losing the Oxford seat is disappointing, as is the failure to make breakthroughs where the Greens predicted that they would. Us Greens shouldn’t try and spin this, we should admit that we failed to get the vote out that we should have, especially in Oxford, where we did have hopes of a significant vote share come the next General Election.

    Results are still coming through however, and the Greens can be proud of some gains (Liverpool for instance), but losing our only representation in Manchester is sad news.

    I think all parties have witnessed the ‘Conservative Crunch’ which is how this local election will be remembered as.

    However, there is still the London results to come in, and I wish all the left/ progressive parties all the best, and lets hope that there has been a strong enough campaign to limit the BNP vote percentage. (We may find that the ‘Conservative Crunch’ has hit them in London- that’s a very pessimistic kind of optimism.)

  11. The IWCA is far from racist, but they are profoundly sceptical of certain aspects of identity politics and root their analysis more or less completely in class. The result is a sort of workerism (which is another form of identity politics), which can be fairly ‘prolier than thou’. I think that’s overly limited, in both electoral and political contexts, but it’s not unreasonable and they are as said above effective on the ground campaigners.

  12. Ger Francis on said:

    Some quick thoughts on the Birmingham results. Overall it was a very good night for Respect. The news in Birmingham is that Respect increases its electoral strength in the city. Having any success in electoral politics is a rear achievement for the British left and the Sparkbrook victory is more impressive because for the first time we diverted serious resources into the neighbouring Springfield ward. As a result this years Sparkbrook campaign was, by our standards, well below par. Despite that we polled over 3,000 votes and our percentage of the vote stayed solid. Mark P is right when he says our victory is ‘a real testament to Respect’s ability to build a localised base.’ Not exactly something the British left is known for.

    Building that base has however been hugely time consuming. It has also distorted our work elsewhere. Two areas to suffer have been Springfield ward and Moseley and Kings Heath ward. Too much of the Respect profile in these areas has rested on publicity Salma has generated for her work elsewhere, very little if any has rested on the work we have done on the ground. The brutal facts are that from the last election to this very little real work was done in both these wards. Prior to the split the SWP had formed the organisational core of the Respect branches in both areas, with all the inconsistency and general inability to root themselves locally that characterizes how they operate. With their exit, these already weak structures then effectively collapsed. With Sparkbrook consuming our efforts we simply did not have the time to devote to rebuild.

    If you are not consistent, you can expect to get punished. This happened more apparently in Kings Heath. However even there the vote is misleading. For a start our vote suffered significantly in my view due to the fact that the Respect logo did not appear after Ray’s name on the ballot paper. We also know that while our vote in the Muslim community did not turn out in the numbers we know it can, this is because we did not allocate the resources to ensure it did so, not because it has not gone away.

    The good news is that a new Respect branch in Kings Heath has been born. Through Ray Gaston’s energy and personality, and within a six week period, he has pulled around him a group of new people who now form the basis of a reconstituted Respect Kings Heath branch. This is very important part of our strategy for the General Election that we have made real progress with and we are very grateful to him for the invaluable contribution he has made in his short time in Brum.

    In Springfield we had a lot more accumulated political capital. There was concern however that because of the lack of work that had been done since the last election our vote would suffer badly. That would have been demoralizing. It was Salma Iqbal’s leadership, quite determination, and sincerity that prevented this from happening. But she not only consolidated the vote, she deepened it, single handedly rebuilt our Springfield operation, and earned herself and us an enormous new respect in so doing.

    Our Springfield vote is a ‘pure’ vote, overwhelmingly won on the doorstep. The Labour vote is the opposite. It is entrenched in ‘biradari’ politics and to a critical degree rests on the abuse of the postal vote system. The increase Labour’s percentage of the overall vote in Springfield and Sparkbrook, against a picture of national decline, can only be understood with this context. At the Springfield count we stopped proceedings to demand that the postal vote be counted separately from the general vote. We felt, on the basis of feedback on the doorstep that many people had their postal vote collected from them or had it filled in under duress, that the discrepancies in the postal vote breakdown between the parties would highlight Labour’s reliance on it. The presiding officer ruled against us, with strong Labour support, and incredibly the postal vote were mixed in with the general vote making it impossible to confirm any different voting trends between voting conducted at home and voting conducted in the privacy of the voting booth. The abuse of the postal vote in inner city Birmingham is a scandal and Labour are completely complicit in it, at least up to MP level. I am proud we were the only party calling in our election literature for its abolition except in special circumstances. We intend to redouble our efforts in this regard.

    After a year in which a significant chunk of the time of the leadership in Birmingham was diverted into a national faction fight, in which we had to learn the practicalities of delivering as a majority party at ward level, in which we have had to start the rebuilding process from a low ebb in two wards, I feel very good about the progress we have made. There are problems. In particular we have to look at how we root this project on more ideological ground for the future, how we politically educate our members with a more rounded left wing consciousness, and more besides. This warrants proper discussion I don’t have time to start right now. But these are problems associated with success and they are good problems to have.

    Finally, thanks to the Swindon and Bristol crews for their support with the campaigns. It was much appreciated.

  13. Do we have a rough time for the announcement of the GLA and Mayor election results?

  14. From a classical Marxist position, the IWCA are a party that consciously try and represent the most backward section of the working class – and so take pride in both opportunism and economism. Their defence of this position is that they are fighting for the hearts and minds of white working class voters who might be tempted by the BNP.

    However, politically their decision to tail the most backward section of the working class leads them to refuse to defend the wider interests of the class as a whole. The working class is international, but the IWCA are nationalist and refuse to defend migrant workers from racist scapegoating. While I doubt they are against strikes and trade unions, nor do they build solidarity with striking workers as a party. As a party they refuse to actively oppose imperialism and war as these are ‘political’ questions of apparently no interest to the working class (who merely get sent to fight and die in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and have to pay for imperialist occupations with their taxes). They refuse to call themselves ‘socialist’ as apparently the British working class is not ready for that yet – after all, it is only the oldest working class movement in the world with a couple of hundred years of trade union activity behind it.

    The fact the IWCA have lost two seats in Oxford is only a ‘defeat’ for the ‘left’ in the most general sense. In reality, their political strategy is inherently flawed and actually quite elitist with respect to where British working class consciousness is at, as it presumes that the working class is not even capable of ‘trade union consciousness’ let alone ‘socialist’ consciousness. The Left as a whole needs to build political organisations which stand up and champion the interests of the whole working class, black, asian, gay, lesbian, migrant, etc etc not defensively tail the most atomised and backward sections of the class.

  15. I’m a Labour supporter but I can’t let this attack on people I have worked with in the past go unchallenged:

    “the IWCA are nationalist and refuse to defend migrant workers from racist scapegoating”

    I am confident this is utter bollox. Many IWCA supporters came from Red Action which was both militantly pro-Republican and anti-fascist. I remember at the time (because I was involved in AFA) that the IWCA was launched because it was felt that was tha best way to combat a resurgent BNP that was starting to win over working class votes. I would be extremely surprised if any of the people I knew regard themselves as ‘nationalists’ (not least because many of them hard extreme pro-Republican views on Ireland, or ‘refuse to defend migrant workers from racist scapegoating’.

    I can only assume the smearing of people who, despite my major political differences with them, in my opinion have a faultless anti-fascist record is in part due to historical bad blood between the SWP and Red Action. Whatever the reason it is fucking disgraceful.

  16. From a classical Marxist position, the IWCA are a party that consciously try and represent the most backward section of the working class

    Yes, the IWCA’s focus on the economistic oiks who live in places like Blackbird Leys is a puzzler – I mean, there are thousands of students in Oxford alone! None so blind as those who won’t see, eh?

  17. I categorically refute the alegation that the IWCA are “deeply racist”.

    They take the position of opposing affirmative action, and funding of BME projects, a position which I strongly disagree with; but this is done in the context of arguing for greater funding for all working class communities.

    They argue very strongly in favour of working class unity between people of different races, creeds and colours; and they are strongly against race prejudice. They also highlight the very real fact that the social impacts of immigration often fall upon those communities already struggling, and without the additional respurces from government and local authorities to cope with increased numbers, and special challenges that that involves. that is hardly racist.

  18. johng on said:

    Maxine Bowler’s result in Sheffield seems bloody impressive I must say.

  19. Mark P on said:

    JohnG would you post Maxine Bowler’s result?

    The Tower Hamlets by-elections show Rspect doing considerably better than Left List in MIlwall, and masively better in Weavers with a humiliatingly low vote for Left List’s well-known candidate there. So Respect did better but its own vote was down too, Weavers in particular is a ward itr might have expected to win.

    Birmingtham perhaps is the best pointer. Respect securing and developing its local base. Left List entirely marginal. London will be key but Left LIst around the country has picked up a few creditable results, like Respect, going for a small targeted campaign rather than a blanket campaign. So some local good results but lets be honest nothing like the natyonwide spreaed and impact of the Greens or the BNP.

    With George Galloway, East London and Birmingham Respect will certainly continue. The unanswr4ed question remains for the SWP, do the Left List results warrantt continuing with the charde of The Left List as a ‘united front of a special type.’

    Mark P

  20. Mark P on said:

    Looking at the Socialist Peoples Party website it seems strnge no obvious attempt to cour them by Respect? There a whole number of localised initiatives like this and one of the objectives of Respect in the next period should be to develop a relationship of exchanging ideas, developing an effective yet loose network rather than the deadshand of domination that is the SWP’s unfortunate tendence with these varied groups.

    Mark P

  21. Andy Wilson on said:

    Burngreave ward (Sheffield) results

    Jackie Drayton Labour 2,369 ELECTED
    Maxine Bowler Left Party 1,089
    Christopher John Sisson Green 638
    Rashid Zaman Conservative 593

  22. Mark P on said:

    Yes. That is a highly creditable result for Left List. But so far no breakthrough on the scale of Preston, or Sparkbrook. Is this enough to sustain the ‘united front of a special type’ for the SWP?

    Mark P

  23. Tower hamlets results:

    Millwall Ward by-election result
    David Andrew Snowdon (Conservatives) – 2,133 – elected
    Doros Ullah (Labour) – 1,421
    Mohammed Nasir Uddin (Liberal Democrats) – 370
    Jeffrey Marshall (BNP) – 219
    Reza Mahbob (Respect) – 170
    Rebecca Jane Townesend (Left List) – 83
    Turnout: 38.58%

    Weavers Ward by-election result
    Fazlul Haque (Labour) – 1,421 – elected
    John David Griffiths (Liberal Democrats) – 930
    Dilwara Begum (Respect (George Galloway)) – 637
    Gias Uddin Ahmed (Conservative) – 435
    Russell Pick (BNP) – 154
    Sara Ann Julia Dixon (Independent) – 143
    Niru Murshid (Independent) (Left List) – 77
    Turnout: 47.72%

  24. johng on said:

    The truth is that both sides have enough so far not to be regarded as a ‘charade’. Perhaps we should all follow Clive Searles excellent advice on another thread.

  25. johng on said:

    And yes those results in TH are bad for us. But they’re bad for all of us really.

  26. Nas on said:

    I’m sorry, johng, but you are in no position to aggregate the experiences of people you’ve dismissed as communalists into your assessment. It’s bleating.

    In London, you’ve gone up against Respect and lost badly. Good.

  27. How they compare. http://www.socialistunitynetwork.co.uk/activate/Election2006/leftresults2006.xls

    In 2006, Weavers ward.

    Weavers Dilwara Begum Respect 830
    Weavers Paul Jason Fredericks Respect 494
    Weavers Eliza (Judy) Cox Respect 489

    Turnout 41.3%

    In 2006, Millwall ward.

    Millwall Mohammed Alam-Raja Respect 606
    Millwall Sybil Gertraud Cock Respect 398
    Millwall Julia Taher Respect 312

    Turnout 32.3%

    Millwall ward in 2006 was the weakest ward for Respect.

  28. Jake on said:

    Re: #20: I share everything said here, also on the basis of personal experience in AFA.

  29. Andy Wilson on said:

    That’s the spirit, Nas. For a minute there I thought Clive’s post might have induced some sense into us all and set an admirable new tone.

  30. lurker on said:

    “In London, you’ve gone up against Respect and lost badly. Good.”

    What the heck is this about? In London, those two results are very poor for Respect. Look at Millwall and tell me that you feel Respect finishing behind the BNP leaves room for gloating?

    Seriously, are the two factions going to continue this petty point scoring over who got utterly thrashed the worst?

    A bit of humility at this point, recognising if nothing else that the BNP have managed to take more seats and votes than either left group, wouldn’t go amiss.

    On that note -#17 about Birmingham is blind triumphalism. Aside from Sparkbrook, those results represent a very worrying failure to be ready for the general election. Aston was a bad result, Springfield was too if you’re serious about getting an MP in the city. And this was with all the focus on just a couple of wards, and comrades from Bristol and Swindon helping.

    It’s been a bad, bad night for anything to the left of the Lib Dems. And it might get worse in London. (Well, the Greens have done okay, but there were some setbacks, and nothing like the growth they’ll have been hoping for). If Boris wins, I sincerely hope a socialist would recognise that celebrating, say, a 6% vote for either far left group – to effectively be a powerless voice in a far more rightwing assembly – would be crass in the extreme.

  31. Mark P Comnet 27: “Looking at the Socialist Peoples Party website it seems strnge no obvious attempt to cour them by Respect? There a whole number of localised initiatives like this and one of the objectives of Respect in the next period should be to develop a relationship of exchanging ideas, developing an effective yet loose network rather than the deadshand of domination that is the SWP’s unfortunate tendence with these varied groups”.

    Also in South Wales Peoples Voice + Independents gained some seats. I agree with your comments 100% Mark and intend to raise the issue on the National Council of Respect. We need an ongoing working relaionhsip with any left of ‘New Labour’ gruops including the CPG (Morning Stra) and the Left Greens – this is now important and we have to talk to these and other groups in a serious and open way with no preconditons for initial fraternal discussions.
    Would it not be great to have an unbrella ‘progressive alliance’ with all these groups for the next elections but with each group keeping its own idenity/programme at this early stage?

    Neil

  32. Lurker

    we should remember that the BNP have previoulsy won Millwall ward, and all three currrent councillors are Tories.

  33. Luke on said:

    News on the GLA’s:

    Apparently the Greens are doing very well, no body wants to say how many seats yet, but it looks as though they will get three, and positive polling suggests the possibility of the fourth. (This is not sympathetic Green hyperbole, this is from a Labour friend who is with the Livingstone campaign).

    It look’s for certain that the BNP will get one seat, however, they may be squeezed by the Anti-Congestion Charge party (safe to call them reactionary) who stand a “credible outside chance” of getting a seat. The UKIP vote has crumbled, they have been squeezed by renewed support in London for the Conservatives.

    No mention on Respect Renewal nor Left List, this is not to say that they don’t have a chance of getting a seat, but around 1/3 of the votes have been counted, so as the day goes on it looks less likely that Respect Renewal has reached the 5% threshold, however I may have some more news within the next couple of hours which refutes the early predictions.

  34. Clive Searle on said:

    One of the issues that does need addressing in Manchester is vividly demonstrated by the figures below.

    Charlestown Ward

    Electorate: 9693 Turnout: 29.8

    BROWN Gareth Joseph Conservative Party 425
    HACKETT Mark The Labour Party Candidate 1328
    MORAN Stephen Martin British National Party 687
    PRIOR Michael John Green Party 186
    REYNOLDS-COCROFT Alexandra Liberal Democrats 178
    RITCHIE Catherine Andrea Uk Independence Party 84

    Higher Blackley Ward

    Electorate: 10120 Turnout: 30.3

    ADAMS Derek George British National Party 828
    BARNES Ken The Labour Party Candidate 1328
    CLARKE Vivienne Conservative Party 467
    DAW Michael John Green Party 164
    WALKER Lee Christopher Liberal Democrats 248

    Unless the left can begin to pose a positive and attractive alternative then the BNP will continue to do well in the ‘wards that New Labour forgot’. One of the most worrying thing about these results is the way they have gone almost unremarked. When I first arrived in Manchester over twenty years ago the idea that a fascist candidate could come second in a manchester ward, let alone in two, would have been horrifying. There would have been protests and demos.

    In the early 1990s when the BNP tried to stand in a by-election in Rochdale over 350 turned up to leaflet the whole town in one day for the ANL.

    During this election the local UAF sent out one email about the LMHR carnival with a final line tagged on suggesting that if you want to do something about the BNP in the north of the city contact the local Labour Party.

    In an earlier post I suggested we had two years to sink some deeper roots in Moss Side. We’ve also got to do something to undermine the BNP in the three northern wards of the Blackley constituency. We can have a few days off but then it’s back to work.

  35. Walsall result:

    Palfrey ward

    Cullum Richard John Liberal Democrats 380
    Ditta Allah Labour Party 1602
    Kanwar Arshad Respect (George Galloway) 304
    Munir Mohammad Conservative Party 1736 Elected

    Registered Voters: 10362
    Turnout: 39.12%

  36. anticapitalista on said:

    Haven’t the fascists always had a presence in Blackley, Clive?
    True nowhere near that level, but there is still time yet to organise an anti-fascist/BNP campaign in the city. I would think that the RR and LL voters base can be the springboard for action against the BNP and against New-Labour policies.

  37. lurker on said:

    “we should remember that the BNP have previoulsy won Millwall ward, and all three currrent councillors are Tories”

    Yes, you wouldn’t expect a win and I agree it’s important not to be too negative about a low result in a ward with no serious expectations. However, the rather comprehensive swing to the right in these elections has put me in no mood for the views expressed by Nas. His party got a low vote and no breakthroughs and he’s bragging about getting marginally more than another party with a low vote and no breakthroughs – especially when both parties have been outperformed by the bloody BNP (not just in that seat, nationally)?

    Some recognition of the problems faced ahead is necessary. If it becomes a celebration/name-calling because Respect-Galloway beat the Left List, or vice-versa – even though the left/working class interests (or at least: least worst option) have been badly damaged across the country – then I think that says something is deeply wrong. Being smug in victory is a bit rude; being smug in defeat is disturbing.

  38. Walsall result is posted here at #44.

    Bradford manningham was still awaited last time I looked, and the Bradford council web-site so now down.

  39. Clive Searle on said:

    #45 I think that there’s a significant difference between having ‘a presence’ and coming a good second in council elections.

    Ofcourse, there’s time to organise. That’s why we need to get over this split stuff quickly and move on.

  40. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Bradford

    MANNINGHAM
    Majority: 197 Turnout: 49.8%
    Candidate Party Votes
    Mohammad Amin (Gain) Labour 2,319 43.2%
    Mohammed Ishrat Mirza Liberal Democrats 2,122 39.6%
    Arshad Ali Respect the Unity Coalition 395 7.4%
    Adam Jamal Conservatives 246 4.6%
    John Edward Robinson Green Party 214 4.0%
    Norman Scarth Anti-Crime Party 66 1.2%

  41. # 19

    “From a classical Marxist position, the IWCA are a party that consciously try and represent the most backward section of the working class – and so take pride in both opportunism and economism . . . “

    Snowball, give us a wave from your academic ivory tower.

  42. Howard T on said:

    #47 Lurker puts the problem in perspective and it is encouraging that the BNP vote is down in areas important to them – but down from 25% to 22% won’t help me sleep at night – if they get a single vote it’s a disease to worry about. However, remember why the NF vote went down in 1979 and beyond – it wasn’t so much that we labelled them Nazis as that Thatcher stole their clothes and implemented their immigration policies. BNP types are quite comfortable with the Tories if they think they are going to be in power.
    But Lurker is right – Social Democracy has wilted when faced with the Tories and have nothing to offer (this isn’t to say that they can’t make a left turn, but not with Brown and Darling).
    We shouldn’t kid ourselves that a united Respect would have overcome all these difficulties, but some serious thinking is needed.
    There is little to celebrate outside Sparkbrook. We don’t know yet about London and whether second preferences can win it for Ken – or whether it is that bad. It looks at least promising for the Green Party, but if Boris gets in and the Tories have 9 seats, they budget goes through whatever the other parties think. It also looks likely that the BNP will have a seat. If George does get in, that’s small consolation and I can’t see myself popping champagne corks.(not that I do anyway).

  43. Cliff's Notes on said:

    The IWCA are a correction, perhaps an over-correction, from an SWP deemed to lack local roots in the working class. Tony Cliff once called on Socialist Worker to “smell of the workers’ vodka” (sic!), though it is questionable whether the SWP ever really has. The IWCA has tried to “smell of the workers’ vodka” in a local way, but reflect the fact that working class estates often have a culture that differs from that of the Marx Memorial Library – more dog whistle than dialectical materialism.

  44. I’d be surprised if either faction of Respect can tempt the Socialist People’s Party, they seem to have had as much success in Barrow as Respect have nationally. Plus, they tend to keep themselves to themselves, I wrote them about the CNWP about a year ago and never got a response.

    That said, they seem a nice bunch and I imagine this success will be all the more satisfying for them as the BNP stood against them and campaigned against one of their councillors on the basis he was born in Iran.

  45. Nick Wright on said:

    Communist Party votes

    Sefton Linacre Ward J Byrne 45 2.7%
    Sefton Church Ward I Davis 60 2.4%
    Newcastle City Walker Ward M Levy 31 1.2%
    Cardiff Adamsdown Ward F Rawlings 66 3.8%-4%
    Cardiff Grangetown Ward R Newnham 117 2.8%-3%
    Cardiff Splott Ward R Griffiths 127 3.4%-4.2%
    Caerphilly Morgan Jones Ward D Cole 123 6.5%-7.1%
    Merthyr Tydfil Vaynor Ward R Evans 65 5.6%-6.1%
    Rhonda Cynon Taf Graig Ward N Powell 24 3.6%
    Rhondda Cynon Taf Hirwaun Ward C Griffiths 40 3.1%
    Swansea City Council Castle Ward M Carty 112 3.4%-3.8%

  46. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Kirklees Council. Save Huddersfield NHS won this ward 2 years with a Socialist Party member as councillor.

    LAB Labour Walton Molly 2150 Held
    CON Conservative Travis Stuart Dunkerley John 992
    SHN Save Huddersfield NHS Slattery William Ian 936
    LIBDEM Liberal Democrat Rutter Lionel Mark Ian 437
    GRN Green Ball Chas 388
    BNP British National Party Turner Skye 360

    Total votes: 5263
    Turnout: 41%

  47. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Sorry forgot % and wardname for Kirlees
    Crosland Moor & Netherton

    Labour 2150 40.9%
    Conservative 992 18.8%
    Save Huddersfield NHS 936 17.8%
    Liberal Democrat 437 8.3%
    Green 388 7.4%
    British National Party 360 6.8%

  48. judica on said:

    I think it is safe to say that this is the last of the SWP’s disastrous electoral fronts – either they will in the future stand as the SWP (unlikely) or learn to work with others constructively and support socialist candidates from existing parties.

  49. David T on said:

    The SWP will never stand under their own name. If they did, people would know who they were!

  50. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    The problem for the SWP now is that three of their members are elected councillors. That’s useful to them in projecting themself as having some real influence. If they give up electoral politics, they’ll have to give up those councillors – that’s something they will be reluctant to do. In any other organisation there would be a conference to discuss their direction with a serious working through of alternative options. In the SWP, the CC will decide whichever direction to lurch in and the members will loyally follow their leaders.

  51. Dave on said:

    “and the members will loyally follow their leaders.”

    Hey thanks Prinkipo, I really am just a cowed and stupid SWP drone.

    Onto a more serious subject, the split has been bad for all, the decision of Renewal to force us to use the name Left List has resulted in dramatic falls in the votes for the left in places like Preston, thanks to the lack of name recognition. Someone like Elaine Abbott, who is an ex-Labour councillor, shouldn’t be getting such a low vote when she has campaigned in the area for a long time under the name Respect.

    I think it’s time that both groups put the guns down and re-united, but I can’t see that happening when people like Prinkipo have that attitude, frankly.

  52. Tinnus Bummus on said:

    Come now Juidica you know as well as I that these will be described as brilliant results for the SWP in next weeks SW

  53. I see no reason to give up councillors. Socialist councillors can play a useful role in finding out information, in acting as elected representatives directly responsible to mass meetings of workers, as being the shop stewards of the community.

    What should be given up is putting all your eggs in the election basket- what about unity in class struggle, fraternal debate in discussion in the context of common action?

    In the wake of the election results perhaps there’s a case to be made for socialist groups working together in campaigns, in wider united fronts to mobilise mass movements. Just an idea I had the other day…

  54. Clive Searle on said:

    Now, now Jason. You’ve already won your certificate for all round nice guy. Don’t go pushing your luck with sensible suggestions.

  55. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Dave – all the SWP have to do is pick up the phone and ask for a meeting with Renewal. I’ll 100% support it.

  56. Sorry, Clive I have these strange ideas now and again but I’m told it’s relatively harmless- as you were.

  57. David T on said:

    This is what the East London Advertiser is saying:

    “The elections so far are not good news for MP George Galloway’s bid for the Assembly on the London-wide Party List poll.

    He is lagging well behind even the BNP in City & East, Havering & Redbridge, Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley.”

    http://tinyurl.com/454r9v

  58. prianikoff on said:

    To summarize the real situation here once again.

    1) Massive electoral wipeout for New Labour

    2) All left of labour parties fail to take advange of it.

    3) Impending crisis for Brown’s leadership of Labour Party and whole New Labour project.

    Are Respect Renewal, Left List, IWCA, Socialist Alternative and the CPGB all planning to be in the abstentionists, allowing some right wing Labourite goon like Charles Clarke to capitalize on it, or are they planning to do something about it?

    The Elephant is rampaging through your living rooms and you’re sucking up to the Greens! For fuck’s sake.

  59. David T on said:

    Impending crisis for Brown’s leadership of Labour Party and whole New Labour project

    Yeah, but what you’re seeing is a turn to the right: not a protest vote against the absence of “true socialism”, but the electorate turning out in large numbers to vote Tory.

  60. Tabish M on said:

    ““The elections so far are not good news for MP George Galloway’s bid for the Assembly on the London-wide Party List poll.

    He is lagging well behind even the BNP in City & East, Havering & Redbridge, Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley.”

    Thats so heart breaking.. I hope the result improves by the end of today..

  61. David T on said:

    He isn’t very popular, Tabish.

    He’s a sort of popular entertainer, not a politician. In the same category as Simon Cowell. He’s “the man they love to hate”.

    Don’t worry, he’ll be ok. His media career will not stall.

  62. #74
    David

    It is a combination with an electoral recovery for the right, along with a collapse into apathy or disillusionment from a large mass of traditional labour supporters – and a process over the last ten years of Labour failing to engage with a younger generation of voters.

    So you are correct that there is no obvious and easy constituency for the left to engage with, but our failure to even get our act together has exacerbated the problem. And the disproportionate lack of represetnation in the political system for left views is unhealthy.

  63. David T on said:

    I basically agree. But we’ll chat about it after the dust has settled.

  64. Here is two results from Wales – THE WORKERS UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! Ho ho

    ADAMSDOWN CARDIFF
    Socialist Alternative 98
    Liberal Democrat 891
    Liberal Democrat 925
    Welsh Conservatives 160
    Labour Party 431
    Welsh Conservatives 151
    Labour Party 383
    Wales Communist Party 66
    The Left Party 55

    CASTLE SWANSEA
    Labour 1035 (33.5%)
    Lib Dems 722 (23%)
    Plaid 473 (15.5%)
    Tory 380 (12%)
    Socialist Alt 172 (5.5%)
    Independant 133 (4%)
    Welsh Communist Party 112 (3.5%)
    Left Party 95 (3%)

  65. The JDF, Howard? Their programme is clearly reformist, based on the most backward sections of the class, and therefore their success, or otherwise holds no fascination for the movement. furthermore, regardless of actual votes cast, conversations on the dorrstep clearly suggest that the workers are approaching a decisive break with the capitalist parties. Next year, I expect.

  66. prianikoff on said:

    #74 “Impending crisis for Brown’s leadership of Labour Party and whole New Labour project”

    Yeah, but what you’re seeing is a turn to the right: not a protest vote against the absence of “true socialism

    Not true. I just watched the 6 o’clock News and from the interviews they showed (in areas like South Wales and Bury), traditional Labour voters were saying that they were mainly concerned with falling living standards, lack of jobs and Brown being “unapproachable and dour”.

    There’s an element of mid-term protest vote, combined with weakening of the traditional class-loyalist Labour vote. But no real evidence of political support for the Tories.

    I expect a similar situation will emerge in London, where it looks ominous for Ken’s bid to be re-elected. If he’s turfed out, it won’t be due of Buffo Boris’s charisma quotient, his sharp wit or political nous.
    It will be because people are experiencing economic uncertainty, find commuting expensive and stressful and are facing the prospect of negative equity.

    None of which can be dealt with by being a sharp-suited accountant on 100k a year, or courting international inward investment from corporate criminals.
    Look at how Shell have effectively pulled the plug on the government’s environmental programme by pulling out of the London Array Wind Farm.

    What we need is a Labour leadership willing and able to face down the corporate crooks, non-doms and other parasites, who have been trumpeted as the only way to make any large scale projects happen.

    Tax the bastards until the pips squeak and if they get evasive threaten the muthafukkers with a sawed-off. It’s a vote winner – you know it makes sense.

  67. leo gray o waggle on said:

    i am sooooooo depressed. all the bickering and fighting has left the door wide open and the enemies have calmly walked in. ……..

  68. Exactly we need to unite in action on the class enemy and rebuild our fighting capacity- inclduing a wide ranging and entirely open discussion of ideas without as much as possible bickering or infighting (though there will no doubt be some of that!) but within th econtext of a common fight against the bosses!

    http://www.conventionoftheleft.org

  69. Howard T on said:

    #83 leo gray o waggle: The bickering and fighting follows from the offensive against the working class and the years of Labour. The bickering is in the end over tactics on how to deal with this crisis. The SWP tactics have been wrong in my view. They are still on our side.
    There are no good signs but this is a time for calm, sober analysis, comradely discussions and avoiding any rash, sectarian adventures if that is at all possible. I hope we all learn and the SWP do not go into mad ‘downturn’ mode where they only act to build themselves with no activity that draws us all together in a way that we can all work collectively.
    However, beware. Defeats do not lead to easy harmony and there are many unknown factors.
    One thing that can be built on undeniably is the potenial to establish an anti-imperialist current to the left of Labour. That must go forward.

  70. prianikoff on said:

    #84 Convention of the left…..

    The sponsors show that it’s at least a genuine attempt to bring together Labour Lefts, Respecties and left union leaders under some kind of political umbrella.

    The key political question must be how to prevent a Tory victory at the next election by fighting the Blair-Brownites for leadership. Respect are kidding themselves if they think they will do this by independent electoral campaigning.

    Galloway’s dream of being the casting MP in a hung Parliament is a reflection of his individualist method of politics, lack of programmatic seriousness and the fact that he isn’t really under democratic control. Mainly being surrounded by a phalanx of underlings who defend his every move in much the same way as the Social Action bureaucratic acolytes of Livingstone have.

    The question of the Labour Party leadership and the flagrant attacks on the rights of the unions to decide policy need to be addressed, whether there are a few left councillors and one MP, or not.

    Face facts – the extra parliamentary left is weaker today than in the days of the ILP. Labour is still in power, with the huge majority it won in ’97 on the basis of its compromise programme and disgust with the Thatcher years.

    The situation is opening up within the LP and the credibility of the Blairites is rock-bottom. If Livingstone gets turfed out, that will place far greater responsibility on potential leadership figures on the left – and there’s the problem. There is no Foot around and Benn is not a contender anymore.
    McDonnell remains relatively unknown.

    We seriously need to revive the left within the LP too, but not just on the basis of individuals, but a serious political programme, backed by the unions.

  71. Howard T on said:

    prianikoff #84 I donb’t agree with much of what you say at all, but unless Labour ditches Brown now (ie within a week or so), not a lot will happen.
    This isn’t as bad as 40 years ago. It is much worse. In 1968 the left was in ascendancy, there was no serious fascist party and Labour actaully recovered to almost beat the Tories in 1970. (The loss was itself unexpected).
    The economy was in poor shape then, but the working class was organically strong, unified. The CP were very strong inside the TUs and more important the international struggle was on the up. Nobody dreamed of joining the Labour Party then (except Ken Livingstone) but the youth were joining SLL, IS and IMG.Moving away from nostalgia to today, we have a very weak left – inside and outside the Labour Party.
    It is right that Labour won in 1997 by default, but the Labour Party members believed it was Blair’s sheer brilliance and being in the Labour Party in 1997 was horrendous. The defeats brought about by Brown are defeats for as all. It is not automatic that the working class looks to the left after defeats – quite the opposite.
    This is a periosd of reaction and our prime task is to build alliances that defend working class interests.
    There are more defeats to come (I am one for optimism, aren’t I?). Ultra lefts uniitng is no answer. Wishful thinking is no answer. The last thing we need is another sect.
    Grassroots campaigning which everyone would claim to do is great because it insures links with working class organisations, but ignoring the role that George and Ken can play is to ignore how our best ideas have become popular over a period of time. Ken didn’t invent the women’s movement, black liberation and LGBT movement, but his politics of advancing these democratic rights is not forgotten.
    Reviving the left in the LP – I left because I couldn’t see it happening just now. Maybe after Labour loses the next election, which is most likely not because of the 10p tax, but because of the economy. Even then, we are post-Kinnock – that is the Labour Party doesn’t allow for active organisation any longer, so this has to be thought through. (For example Compass doesn’t organise beyond being a think tank who will attend meetings where there’s a campaign).
    I hope the convention of the left is a real success, but there have been too many left initiatives that have failed because they looked impressive in organising much of the left, but ended up taking the left away from the ‘not so left’ – OK if you want to build a sect, but not much use in working class political development.

  72. Matthew Stiles on said:

    From Dave Hill at The Guardian
    “One small mystery has been solved. Brian Paddick has apparently revealed to a radio station that his second preference vote for mayor was cast, not for Sian Berry as I had expected, but for Lindsey German, the Left List candidate.”

  73. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Bexley and Bromley Result

    James Cleverly (C) 105,162 (51.8%)
    Alex Heslop (Lab) 29,925 (14.8%)
    Tom Papworth (L Dem) 21,244 (10.5%)
    Paul Winnett (NF) 11,288 (5.6%)
    Ann Garrett (GP) 9,261 (4.6%)
    Mick Greenhough (UKIP) 8,021 (4.0%)
    John Hemming-Clark (Ind) 6,684 (3.3%)
    Miranda Suit (CPA & CP) 4,408 (2.2%)
    Steven Uncles (EDP) 2,907 (1.4%)
    David Davis (LL) 1,050 (0.5%)

  74. Richard Searle on said:

    City and East. Hanif gets 26760 for Respect.
    came 3rd
    more details to follow
    Just wanted to beat Prinkipo Exile to it

  75. Richard Searle on said:

    Redbridge & havering

    Tories 78493
    Greens 9126
    lib dems 12443
    lab 45,000 aprox
    indedpent 3450
    left list 1473
    christian peoples alliance 5533
    ukip 12203

  76. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Unofficial results put Left List at 6,019 in North East – approx 3%. Full result yet to be declared.

  77. 2000 Socialist Alliance result for Bexley and Bromley

    1.0% 1403 votes

    2008 Left List for Bexley and Bromley

    0.5% 1050 votes

  78. 2000 Socialist Alliance result for North & East

    7.0% 8267 votes

    2008 Left List for North & East (unofficial)

    ~3.0% 6019 votes

  79. The difficult thing in judging how it will all go, is whether some of the Left List constituency votes will be split between the Unity for peace and socialism and Respect in the list??

  80. Brend and Harrow result in

    Navin Shah The Labour Party 57,716 36.45%
    Bob Blackman Conservative Party 56,067 35.41%
    James Allie Liberal Democrats 19,299 12.19%
    Shahrar Ali Green Party 10,129 6.40%
    Zena Sherman Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party 4,180 2.64%
    Sunita Webb UK Independence Party 3,021 1.91%
    Pat McManus Left List 2,287 1.44%
    Arvind Tailor English Democrats 2,150 1.36%

  81. North East result

    Jennette Arnold The Labour Party 73,551 37.17% 28,437
    Alexander Ellis Conservative Party 45,114 22.80%
    Meral Ece Liberal Democrats 28,973 14.64%
    Aled Fisher Green Party 25,845 13.06%
    Unjum Mirza Left List 6,019 3.04%
    Nicholas Jones UK Independence Party 5,349 2.70%
    Maxine Hargreaves Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party 5,323 2.69%
    John Dodds English Democrats 3,637 1.84%

  82. Louise on said:

    Bexley and Bromley is my GLA constituency. And the vote for the NF is high (4th place)and needs dealing with.

    Paul Winnett (NF) 11,288 (5.6%)

  83. City and East

    John Biggs The Labour Party 63,635 33.97%
    Philip Briscoe Conservative Party 32,082 17.12%
    Hanif Abdulmuhit Respect 26,760 14.28%
    Robert Bailey British National Party 18,020 9.62%
    Rajonuddin Jalal Liberal Democrats 13,724 7.33%
    Heather Finlay Green Party 11,478 6.13%
    Thomas Conquest CPA 7,306 3.90%
    Michael McGough UK Independence Party 3,078 1.64%
    Graham Kemp National Front 2,350 1.25%
    Michael Gavan Left List 2,274 1.21%
    John Griffiths English Democrats 2,048 1.09%
    Julie Crawford Independent 701 0.37%

  84. Respect vote in City & East is up 7000 on last time.
    Hanif Abdulmuhit Respect 26,760 14.28%

    Well done Hanif and the Respect team. A good result to build from. British National Party (18,020 9.62%) and National Front (National Front 2,350 1.25%)has to be dealt with by all on the left.

    Neil

  85. Stuart G on said:

    Smallest crumb of comfort – BNP percentage in City and East not up. If it remains same in other East London, we may yet see them off. (you have to hope)

  86. cameron on said:

    Are German’s votes in so far really as terrible as the official election website state they are?

    Surely an error?

  87. George T on said:

    Germans votes for Mayor – Bexley 0.33, North east 1.16, Brent 0.68, City and east 0.99, Havering 0.4

  88. Howard T on said:

    Lindsey’s doing very badly – no qustion about it.
    But if there’s any comfort, Barnbrook the Nazi isn’t faring too well where declared and makes it possible that BNP will not get a GLA seat. (Ironically due to Boris vote being high and taking the far right vote – not the first time the Tories will benefit from racist agenda) Will be close on that one.
    Green and Lindsey vote will not be high enough on second vote even if they all transfer to Ken by the look of things.

  89. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    German vote for Mayor in City and East was 1.0% compared to 14.28% for Respect and 1.2% for Left List for the Constituency Member. Looks like she’ll come in below 1% overall. What a disaster.

  90. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Respect List vote in City and East is 20,442, 11.1%, down on the Constituency vote. Left List 1.1%.

  91. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Havering & Redbridge List vote – Respect 2.2%, Left List 0.5%, BNP 11.5%!

  92. Andy Bowden on said:

    After second prefs:

    Johnson +124,977 = 1,168,738
    Livingstone +135,089 = 1,028,966

  93. Tricksy Mix on said:

    What next for Livingstone? Joining up with Galloway in an even broader ‘unity’ alliance?

  94. Bollocks. Alemanno takes Rome and now this. I’ll never watch HIGNFY again. (OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme.)

    By my arithmetic, 259,170 votes had no second preference or (more likely) a wasted second pref. – almost twice the size of Johnson’s lead. To put it another way, in the first round the votes split 36/42/21 between Livingstone, Johnson and everyone else – and in the second round they split 42/48/10, even though there was nowhere for that 10% to go. There’s definitely something not right about this voting system.

  95. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Johnnyrook – 4 constituencies have declared List votes. BNP votes are:

    Bexley and Bromley 17,730 8.9%
    Havering and Redbridge 18,973 11.5% (3rd Place)
    North East (containing boroughs: Waltham Forest, Hackney, Islington) 7,506 3.9%
    City and East (containing boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, City of London) 18,106 9.9%

  96. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Respect 4 List results declared

    Bexley and Bromley 1,104 0.6%
    Havering and Redbridge 3622 2.2%
    North East (containing boroughs: Waltham Forest, Hackney, Islington) 6333 3.3%
    City and East (containing boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, City of London) 1 20,442 11.1%

  97. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Ealing and Hillingdon List Vote
    Conservative Party 66,744 38.5%
    The Labour Party 47,907 27.6%
    Liberal Democrats 15,960 9.2%
    Green Party 11,874 6.8%
    British National Party 10,175 5.9%
    The Christian Choice 5,047 2.9%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 5,008 2.9%
    UK Independence Party 3,299 1.9%
    Respect (George Galloway) 3,075 1.8%
    English Democrats 2,010 1.2%
    Left List 1,196 0.7%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 681 0.4%
    Independent 351 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 248 0.1%

  98. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Full first votes for Mayor

    Candidate name Party 1st choice votes 1st choice % 2nd choice votes 2nd choice %
    Boris Johnson Conservative Party 1,043,761 42.48% 0 0.00%
    Ken Livingstone The Labour Party 893,877 36.38% 0 0.00%
    Brian Paddick Liberal Democrats 236,685 9.63% 0 0.00%
    Siân Berry Green Party 77,374 3.15% 0 0.00%
    Richard Barnbrook British National Party 69,710 2.84% 0 0.00%
    Alan Craig Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party 39,249 1.60% 0 0.00%
    Gerard Batten UK Independence Party 22,422 0.91% 0 0.00%
    Lindsey German Left List 16,796 0.68% 0 0.00%
    Matt O’Connor English Democrats 10,695 0.44% 0 0.00%
    Winston McKenzie Independent 5,389 0.22% 0 0.00%

  99. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Merton & Wandsworth List result

    Conservative Party 68,075 40.5%
    The Labour Party 45,675 27.2%
    Liberal Democrats 16,285 9.7%
    Green Party 15,859 9.4%
    British National Party 5,437 3.2%
    The Christian Choice 4,427 2.6%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 4,049 2.4%
    Respect (George Galloway) 2,445 1.5%
    UK Independence Party 2,143 1.3%
    English Democrats 1,351 0.8%
    Left List 1,251 0.7%
    Independent 409 0.2%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 349 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 187 0.1%

  100. thank god its all over on said:

    Brian Paddick has just said in an interview on News 24 that he gave his second preference to the Left List. If this endorsement had come sooner!

  101. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Croydon and Sutton List Vote
    Conservative Party 71,149 40.9%
    The Labour Party 35,859 20.6%
    Liberal Democrats 25,240 14.5%
    British National Party 10,499 6.0%
    Green Party 9,813 5.6%
    The Christian Choice 6,442 3.7%
    UK Independence Party 5,064 2.9%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 3,542 2.0%
    English Democrats 2,349 1.4%
    Respect (George Galloway) 1,994 1.1%
    Left List 1,002 0.6%
    Independent 446 0.3%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 355 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 184 0.1%

  102. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Barnet and Camden List Vote

    Conservative Party 67,882 38.4%
    The Labour Party 48,299 27.3%
    Liberal Democrats 19,986 11.3%
    Green Party 18,056 10.2%
    British National Party 5,134 2.9%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 4,430 2.5%
    The Christian Choice 3,401 1.9%
    Respect (George Galloway) 3,376 1.9%
    UK Independence Party 2,284 1.3%
    Left List 1,925 1.1%
    English Democrats 1,398 0.8%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 390 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 183 0.1%
    Independent 124 0.1%

  103. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Greenwich & Lewisham List Vote

    The Labour Party 50,105 34.0%
    Conservative Party 36,051 24.5%
    Green Party 16,511 11.2%
    Liberal Democrats 15,918 10.8%
    British National Party 9,764 6.6%
    The Christian Choice 5,269 3.6%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 3,909 2.7%
    UK Independence Party 3,309 2.2%
    Respect (George Galloway) 2,026 1.4%
    English Democrats 1,748 1.2%
    Left List 1,696 1.2%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 401 0.3%
    Independent 268 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 207 0.1%

  104. cameron on said:

    Results seem poor for Respect. A case of the warring wings of the original Respect project indulging in mutually assured destruction in London. The inevitability of this was always on the cards.

  105. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    South West (containing boroughs: Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames)
    List Vote

    Conservative Party 72,090 38.2%
    Liberal Democrats 37,993 20.1%
    The Labour Party 35,999 19.1%
    Green Party 15,254 8.1%
    British National Party 8,169 4.3%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 4,698 2.5%
    The Christian Choice 4,341 2.3%
    UK Independence Party 3,392 1.8%
    Respect (George Galloway) 2,453 1.3%
    English Democrats 2,021 1.1%
    Left List 1,346 0.7%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 463 0.2%
    Independent 376 0.2%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 221 0.1%

  106. Andy Bowden on said:

    Did anyone see Brian Paddick on BBC site saying he gave his second preference to Lindsey German?

    2221 Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Brian Paddick tells the BBC he voted for the Left List’s Lindsey German with his second preference vote: “I looked at which candidate was most in tune with the sort of policies that I wanted, who was the most in favour of having better, more affordable housing in London – in terms of council housing and so forth. And I voted for the Left List.”

  107. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    Lambeth and Southwark List Vote

    The Labour Party 58,554 35.8%
    Conservative Party 33,466 20.4%
    Liberal Democrats 28,071 17.1%
    Green Party 20,711 12.6%
    British National Party 4,945 3.0%
    The Christian Choice 4,823 2.9%
    Abolish the Congestion Charge 4,603 2.8%
    Respect (George Galloway) 2,910 1.8%
    Left List 1,846 1.1%
    UK Independence Party 1,757 1.1%
    English Democrats 1,255 0.8%
    Unity for Peace & Socialism 499 0.3%
    One London (Leader Damian Hockney) 254 0.2%
    Independent 68 0.0%

  108. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    One more result before I go – Greenwich & Lewisham Constituency. Left List beat Socialist Party who get the wooden spoon. It’s all very depressing, two socialist candidates with very poor votes.

    Len Duvall The Labour Party 53174 36.2%
    Andy Jennings Conservative Party 37040 25.2%
    Brian Robson Liberal Democrats 18174 12.4%
    Susan Luxton Green Party 15607 10.6%
    Tess Culnane National Front 8509 5.8%
    Stephen Hammond Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party 5079 3.5%
    Arnold Tarling UK Independence Party 3910 2.7%
    Jennifer Jones Left List 2045 1.4%
    Johanna Munilla English Democrats 1716 1.2%
    Chris Flood Socialist Alternative 1587 1.1%

  109. Prinkipo Exile on said:

    I’ve noticed that the Left List website are missing one of their local election results. So, since they’ve been so nice to Respect in their late night post, I thought I’d give them a hand and post it here so everyone can admire it for posterity.

    NEWCASTLE ELSWICK WARD
    Doreen JAMES The Labour Party Candidate 933 38.2%
    Ken BOOTH British National Party 657 26.9%
    Amjad ASLAM 339 13.9%
    Andrew James MCQUILLIN Liberal Democrats 309 12.6%
    Ron TOWARD Local Conservatives 179 7.3%
    Dean HUGGINS Left List 27 1.1%

    2007 RESULT

    Lab 1284 55.9%
    LibDem 379 16.5%
    BNP 309 13.5%
    Con 186 8.1%
    Respect 137 6.0%