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Mixed results for Labour in by-elections

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Labour gained from Plaid Cymru in the latest council by-elections but it was held off by coalition parties in two marginal contests.

Labour’s Luke Bouchard triumphed at Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC, South Wales, with a double-digit swing.

But Liberal Democrats hung on at ultra-marginal Central ward in Watford BC, Hertfordshire.

And Conservatives defended the Guiseley and Rawdon seat in Leeds, vacated by Stuart Andrew who won Pudsey in the general election.

In both cases there was a squeeze on the weaker coalition party.

This week’s remaining gain was by Justin Lavender running under the “It’s our county” banner at St Nicholas, Herefordshire.

RESULTS:

  • Durham CC - Deneside: Lab 917, C 196. (May 2008 - Two seats Lab 924, 897, Lib Dem 403, 350, Ind 313). Lab hold.
  • Herefordshire CC - St Nicholas: It’s our county 589, Lib Dem 385, Ind 173, C 156. (May 2007 - Two seats Ind 670, 576, Lib Dem 388, 387, C 354, Green 258, 255, C 250, BNP 175). It’s our county gain from Ind. Swing 6.2% C to Lib Dem.
  • Leeds City Council - Guiseley and Rawdon: C 2075, Lab 1708, Lib Dem 818. (May 2010 - C 5090, Lab 3574, Lib Dem 2921, BNP 647, Green 432). C hold. Swing 2% C to Lab.
  • Neath Port Talbot CBC - Neath North: Lab 437, Ind 144, Plaid Cymru 132, Lib Dem 51. (May 2008 - Two seats Lab 995, 788, Ind 596; May 6 2010 by-election - Lab 923, Plaid Cymru 305, Ind 296, Ind 239, C 208). Lab hold.
  • Rhondda, Cynon, Taff CBC - Treherbert: Lab 883, Plaid Cymru 855. (May 2008 - Two seats Plaid Cymru 1382, 1274, Lab 964, 813). Lab gain from Plaid Cymru. Swing 10.7% Plaid Cymru to Lab.
  • St Helens BC - Billinge and Seneley Green: Lab 1288, C 624, Lib Dem 229, BNP 141. (May 2010 - Lab 2954, C 1795, Lib Dem 1216). Lab hold. Swing 4.8% C to Lab.
  • Watford BC - Central: Lib Dem 696. Lab 622, C 158, Green 79, Ukip 24. (May 2010 - Lib Dem 1211, Lab 1140, C 731, Green 212). Lib Dem hold. Swing 1.2% Lab to Lib Dem.
  • Winchester City Council - St Pauls: Lib Dem 968, C 606, Lab 247. (May 2010 - Lib Dem 2021, C 1240, Lab 230). Lib Dem hold. Swing 1.2% Lib Dem to C.
  • York City Council - Hull Road: Lab 860, C 296, Lib Dem 183, Green 84, BNP 42. (May 2007 - Two seats Lab 819, 803, C 643, 544, Lib Dem 414, Green 341, Lib Dem 335, Green 327, BNP 259). Lab hold. Swing 14.6% C to Lab.
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