Results from East Saltdean By-Election

22 10 2010

By-Election, October 2010 – Telscombe Town Council East Saltdean Ward Result:

The result of the by-election for the East Saltdean Ward of Telscombe Town Council held on 21st October 2010 was as follows:

Candidate Description Number of Votes
John CARDEN
Labour Party Candidate 112
Simon DOYLE
Liberal Democrats 264
Paul EVANS
The Conservative Party Candidate 268 – Elected

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Have to say it’s a really unfortunate result for Simon Doyle who ran an excellent campaign and was a truly dedicated local candidate.  It will be interesting to hear feedback from residents during the follow up case work regarding things like turn out (although numbers are similar to the By-Election in Feb 2008) and to what extent potential Lib Dems voted Labour as protest.

Clearly PR doesn’t work for by-elections, but let’s hope that dissatisfied voters push for AV- I know generalisations are less than accurate, but how many of that 112 would have Tory as a second preference?





Brighton & Hove Local Council

24 08 2010

I have just received my approval to run as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the Brighton & Hove unitary authority local elections in May 2011.  In an attempt to paint a picture of the current political landscape, I’ve pulled together some facts, figures & maps courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Council consists of 54 councillors  elected from 21 wards every four years via multi-member plurality voting.   The most recent boundary changes have left the city looking like this:

Brighton & Hove Electoral Wards

Brighton & Hove Electoral Wards

For a full view of which councillors are currently representing which wards, have a look here.

Year Conservative Green Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
2007 26 12 13 2 1
2003 20 6 24 3 1
1999 23 3 44 5 3

As you can see, Labour were in effective control of the council until 2003, whereupon I believe they ruled in a coalition.  Since 2007 there has been a Conservative minority administration.

I’m currently pulling together some statistics to do a realistic analysis and will post again soon.  Alas, one of the difficulties is consistency given the changes in wards.  A useful analysis would show voting trends, including turnout and voter preference, for each ward since year dot.  As it is, with regular boundary changes it is difficult to establish this.