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.

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