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Labour deals by-election blow to Tories

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Labour gained from Tories with a landslide victory in the latest council by-elections.

Candidate John Anderton won at Worksop North East in a contest at Nottinghamshire’s Bassetlaw DC, costing Conservatives their technical casting vote control of the authority.

The gain was expected as Labour easily won another ward seat in last May’s polls on the same day as the general election but the party recorded a 13.1% swing since then.

Labour increased its vote in Kent CC’s Romney Marsh division, coming from fourth place to second, but Tories’ share also rose, probably helped by a Ukip collapse.

At Lydd, Shepway DC, Labour was also the runner-up despite failing to fight last time.

RESULTS:

Bassetlaw DC - Worksop North East: Lab 1198, C 317, Ind 75, Lib Dem 28. (May 2010 - Lab 2110, C 1184). Lab gain from C. Swing 13.1% C to Lab.

Kent CC - Romney Marsh: C 2222, Lab 748, Lib Dem 479, Ukip 420, Ind 238. (June 2009 - C 3107, Ukip 1573, Lib Dem 872, Lab 446, Ind 442, Shepway Ind 243). C hold. Swing 1.9% C to Lab.

Shepway DC - Lydd: C 591, Lab 247, Lib Dem 184, Ind 177. (May 2007 - Three seats C 964, 948, 894, Shepway Ind 517, 459, Lib Dem 442, Shepway Ind 435, Lib Dem 368, 346). C hold. Swing 1.6% Lib Dem to C.

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