First congratulations to Sandra Hart see http://thanetpress.blogspot.com/2009/12/sandra-hart-labour-rose.html
Something I noticed here was the enormous swing away from the Conservatives, they got 50% of the vote in the Dane Valley ward in the 2007 local elections and this has now been reduced to 24% in yesterday’s by-election.
Could it be that local people are waking up to the idea that although it may say Conservative on the box, what you get when you open it can be something else?
I wonder if our local Conservative Cabinet will look at the message from the voters here, it is certainly a very large swing to Labour at a time when I don’t feel that the electorate at large are so decisively in favour of Labour policy.
The figures for the 2007 local elections are Con 50% Lab 43% and Grey 7% see http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/blogpicts119/id15.htm
For yesterdays by-election Lab 34% Lib 28% Con 24% and Ind 14%.
So while this was a disastrous result for the Conservatives it wasn’t so good for Labour either, in as much as they lost 9% of their vote.