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LOCAL ELECTION: Labour enjoys double success

THE Conservative Party has been left smarting after Labour landed two stinging blows in the Swindon Council election.

Labour snatched a pair of seats, in what could be the first salvo in a bid to retake the town from the Conservatives.

But as well as the victories in St Philip and Walcot, a number of very close shaves were just as revealing.

Labour came surprisingly near to taking some other wards which weren’t even seen as ‘wobbly’ seats.

The Lib Dems were forced to defend their homebase of Eastcott against a serious Labour threat, and elsewhere the party crept closer to stealing the solidly Tory West Swindon ward of Freshbrook and Grange Park, as well as a seat in Dorcan – Tory leader Rod Bluh’s ward.

And in Covingham and Nythe, Labour was 149 votes off taking a seat in that all-Conservative ward.

One-third of all council seats were being contested.

And Labour’s Derique Montaut (Central) has vowed to take up the fight with the Conservatives again next May, when all 59 council seats will be up for election.

But Coun Bluh deflected criticism, saying that local parties were always going to take the flak for unpopular policies of their national leadership.

Neil Heavens, the Labour candidate for Freshbrook and Grange Park who narrowed the gap between Tories from 927 votes to just 274, said: “There’s definitely a national swing that’s gone against them.

“I’m very happy we’ve slashed the Conservative majority by two thirds, and I know what I’ve got to do to win next year. Hopefully this time next year, we’ll be celebrating a Labour victory in Freshbrook and Grange Park.”

Speaking at the count, Coun Montaut, who is in the process of stepping down as Labour leader, said: “Tonight’s result is good for Swindon. For Labour it builds us up to a situation where we are moving up to 2012 and taking control of the council.”

He also solidified the Labour lead in his Central ward.

But from the outset, Coun Bluh (Dorcan) said it was not going to be a smooth ride.

“Given we’re the party in government, we’re more on the defensive than we have been in the past,” he said.

“That’s not new. It’s well anticipated. It’s been a difficult year given the whole context of the cuts.

“And we’re not expecting it to be easy.

“On the other hand we fully maintain these cuts are as a result of Labour’s mismanagement of the economy. No-one expects it to be easy. But it’s about doing the right thing.

“One of the issues is this is supposed to be a local election, but we all know they tend to be a barometer for the government.”

His deputy Garry Perkins (Con, Shaw and Nine Elms) said afterward the count: “It’s an expected result, considering the difficult decision the government has had to make. There was bound to be a vote against the government which unfortunately falls against the local council.”

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5:56pm Fri 6 May 11

Tim Newroman says...

Brilliant. This must be the most massively biased report on May's elections we've yet seen.
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The reality is that the Labour party did badly in Swindon by only managing to take two seats from the Tories - it should have been at least four or five.
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There's no coincidence in Derique Montaut standing down after Labour's poor performance last night. They should have stuffed the Tories, but, instead, managed a paltry two seats. Unlike elsewhere in the country, the Swindon Labour group didn't even take the LibDem seat that was up for grabs.
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I think the reality here is that the Tories are being very careful not to be seen to be popping the Champagne corks and dancing in the streets. Especially now it's looking like they'll also be winning the 'No' to AV vote later this evening.
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For a more balanced and professional appraisal of how the elections really went, this is a good read: goo.gl/qf455
Brilliant. This must be the most massively biased report on May's elections we've yet seen. . The reality is that the Labour party did badly in Swindon by only managing to take two seats from the Tories - it should have been at least four or five. . There's no coincidence in Derique Montaut standing down after Labour's poor performance last night. They should have stuffed the Tories, but, instead, managed a paltry two seats. Unlike elsewhere in the country, the Swindon Labour group didn't even take the LibDem seat that was up for grabs. . I think the reality here is that the Tories are being very careful not to be seen to be popping the Champagne corks and dancing in the streets. Especially now it's looking like they'll also be winning the 'No' to AV vote later this evening. . For a more balanced and professional appraisal of how the elections really went, this is a good read: goo.gl/qf455 Tim Newroman
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7:28pm Fri 6 May 11

SpeakUp says...

Very well put, Tim Newroman

The Adver has always been a Labour-slanted newspaper. Take, for example, the ridiculous statement in the story posted on this site at 7.24am today - "THE obvious winner of the election is Labour" - clear and absolute nonsense. How, Adver staff, do you expect to attract customers and the respect of those you claim to serve by publishing such absurdities?

Given the persistent Conservative wins in the town for many years now, perhaps it should reconsider its position. Surely being either politically neutral or slanted towards the preference of the vast majority of your potential customers makes more sense?
Very well put, Tim Newroman The Adver has always been a Labour-slanted newspaper. Take, for example, the ridiculous statement in the story posted on this site at 7.24am today - "THE obvious winner of the election is Labour" - clear and absolute nonsense. How, Adver staff, do you expect to attract customers and the respect of those you claim to serve by publishing such absurdities? Given the persistent Conservative wins in the town for many years now, perhaps it should reconsider its position. Surely being either politically neutral or slanted towards the preference of the vast majority of your potential customers makes more sense? SpeakUp
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8:07pm Fri 6 May 11

The Real Librarian says...

QUOTE - THE Conservative Party has been left smarting after Labour landed two stinging blows in the Swindon Council election - UNQUOTE
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(sighs and wipes eyes.)
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Guys, you believe what you want to believe, the fact of the matter is that Labour have made a rather collosal mess of it and at least Derek Montaut has had the decency to recognise it and quit.
QUOTE - THE Conservative Party has been left smarting after Labour landed two stinging blows in the Swindon Council election - UNQUOTE . Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. . (sighs and wipes eyes.) . Guys, you believe what you want to believe, the fact of the matter is that Labour have made a rather collosal mess of it and at least Derek Montaut has had the decency to recognise it and quit. The Real Librarian
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9:01pm Fri 6 May 11

Tim Newroman says...

Will Adam Kula be reporting on the 'Success' of David Cameron's 'NO to AV' campaign and the 'stinging blow' to Ed Miliband after his high-profile, but hugely failed, 'YES to AV' campaign?
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Nah, thought not.
Will Adam Kula be reporting on the 'Success' of David Cameron's 'NO to AV' campaign and the 'stinging blow' to Ed Miliband after his high-profile, but hugely failed, 'YES to AV' campaign? . Nah, thought not. Tim Newroman
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9:02pm Fri 6 May 11

who dat? says...

"Labour have made a rather collosal mess of it "

Always have , and, if ever given the chance , would again!!
"Labour have made a rather collosal mess of it " Always have , and, if ever given the chance , would again!! who dat?
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9:05pm Fri 6 May 11

Hmmmf says...

The Conservative Party was utterly crushed and was last seen running towards Cornwall in the biggest rout since the Labour Party won at Agincourt and Crecy, Adam Kula announced today. "Not since the atomic bombings of Japan has such a prompt and spectacular victory been obtained," he said, "In 1945, it was a tale of two cities, and Labour won the war in the Pacific. Yesterday, here in Swindon, it was a tale of two seats, and Coun Bluh (Dorcan) and the shattered remnants of the tory party are still running for the coast."
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"I am impressed," said former Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, "I thought I'd gone out on a limb when I said there were no Americans in Baghdad back in 2003, but your Adam Kula takes my breath away."
The Conservative Party was utterly crushed and was last seen running towards Cornwall in the biggest rout since the Labour Party won at Agincourt and Crecy, Adam Kula announced today. "Not since the atomic bombings of Japan has such a prompt and spectacular victory been obtained," he said, "In 1945, it was a tale of two cities, and Labour won the war in the Pacific. Yesterday, here in Swindon, it was a tale of two seats, and Coun Bluh (Dorcan) and the shattered remnants of the tory party are still running for the coast." . "I am impressed," said former Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, "I thought I'd gone out on a limb when I said there were no Americans in Baghdad back in 2003, but your Adam Kula takes my breath away." Hmmmf
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10:04pm Fri 6 May 11

reality_check says...

The Labour Sponsored Advertiser. What a joke of a rag.
The Labour Sponsored Advertiser. What a joke of a rag. reality_check
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