Redditch by-election results

Back in the real world, Labour had a massive boost last night. Let’s be honest, the last place on earth Labour wanted two local government by-elections was in Jacqui Smith’s constituency of Redditch. And if anything answered the sneering attacks in the press that Jacqui has had to endure it is a 12.5% swing to Labour in her local area.

A Labour gain from the Conservatives in the Central ward of Redditch Borough on a 12.5% swing from last year was probably the best result of the year to date for Labour, although it was almost outdone by the 11.1% swing in next door Headless Cross & Oakenshaw, which reduced the Tories’ majority from 943 to 262 and almost cost them control of the council.

7 comments ↓

#1 Lloyd on 03.27.09 at 5:35 pm

That *is* good news. Congrats to all concerned.

#2 linda on 03.28.09 at 4:26 pm

This is really good news for Labour., I understand there was a swing to Labour in a council bye-election in Wolverhampton also.

#3 Danvers on 03.29.09 at 2:21 pm

Well that was a nice 48 hours for Jacqui Smith but I think you may have jinxed it.

#4 pattie hill on 03.29.09 at 8:50 pm

As the candidate for the Headless Cross & Oakenshaw I am so proud of my “spring chicken” branch for their support. I was saddened to find people saying things such as,”I am 39 and have never voted but they had better not “close the golfcourse”. Of course the others not voting because “we’re all the same” I do wish they would at least test me before deciding!

#5 stevenfeldman on 03.30.09 at 8:04 am

Does Headless, Cross & … describe the state of mind of the remaining Tories in that constituency?

#6 Sue Phillips on 03.30.09 at 9:47 am

Hearing the results on the early morning news was a great start to the day. Congratulations to everyone involved. A real confidence boost to all Labour supporters.

#7 Praguetory on 03.30.09 at 6:22 pm

All’s well that ends well.

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