Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Labour celebrates bottom-to-top by-election win

  • Comment

Labour surged from bottom of the poll to the top when it snatched a surprise council by-election breakthrough.

Candidate Brian Oosthuysen won Gloucestershire’s Rodborough division by a margin of three over the Tories, with a votes-share surge of nearly 20% for the party since the last county contests in 2009.

This is particularly encouraging for Labour’s chiefs since it trailed a poor fourth last time.

Rodborough is part of marginal Stroud constituency, lost to the Tories at the general election.

The county result is a disappointment for both coalition government parties. The Liberal Democrats missed taking the seat by 135 votes in 2009.

The Tories defended Stroud DC’s Amberley and Woodchester seat in the only other English by-election this week.

All three major parties increased their vote shares in the absence of the Greens but Labour’s rise - at more than 10% - was the largest.

A further by-election result is due later today from Scotland’s Angus Council.

RESULT:

Angus Council - Carnoustie and District: Counting today. (May 2007 - Three seats SNP 1837, Lab 1160, C 863, Lib Dem 748, SNP 639, Solidarity 62. Elected SNP 2, Lab 1).

Gloucestershire CC - Rodborough: Lab 793, C 790, Lib Dem 660, Green 260. (June 2009 - Three seats C 1196, Lib Dem 1061, Green 716, Lab 415). Lab gain from C. Swing 11.5% C to Lab.

Stroud DC - Amberley and Woodchester: C 366, Lab 177, Lib Dem 124. (May 2008 - C 452, Green 151, Lab 131, Lib Dem 98). C hold. Swing 5.1% C to Lab.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.