Friday, 23 March 2007

Labour annihilated & Tory defection to Lib Dems

I wouldn't normally comment on council by-elections from outside London that I hadn't even helped with, but...

This post from Alex Foster alerted me to a pretty huge result on Nottinghamshire County Council.

Look at the result last time and you will see a Labour majority of nearly 1000, with the Lib Dems on 14%.

The result on Thursday?

Lib Dem - 1979 votes, 73%

Lab - 435, 16%

Con - 222, 8%

UKIP - 70, 3%

Congratulations to new county councillor Jason Zadrozny. The only problem with the result is how it can be fitted on to a barchart next time!

In a quick trawl, also spotted good news in Torbay on Adrian Sanders blog. A Tory councillor, up for re-election in May, has defected to the Lib Dems.

By all accounts, it's a very Tory ward and would have been easy to get re-elected and defect once safe for four more years. So good to see him defecting before the election and at least having a bash at getting elected as a Lib Dem.

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