Labour is celebrating a council by-election gain from Tories in a key parliamentary constituency.
Candidate Gordon Cowan took a seat in Kent’s Dover Town division on a big swing.
The outcome is a disappointment to Conservatives as it comes in Dover constituency where they achieved a spectacular General Election gain in May.
However there was bad news for Labour in East London’s Tower Hamlets LBC where there was a win for Fozol Miah of the left-wing Respect party at Spitalfields and Banglatown.
The result was technically a Respect gain from independent. The vacancy was caused by the resignation of former Labour council leader Lutfur Rahman after his election as mayor of Tower Hamlets.
He had defied the party’s decision to bar him from running as its mayoral candidate by standing as an independent backed by Respect and winning by a landslide.
Despite the loss of the Kent seat there was some cheer for Tories.
Analysis of six comparable results this week suggests a projected 4.6% nationwide lead for them over Labour.
There are still two more by-elections before Christmas: at Wiltshire on Tuesday and East Hertfordshire on Thursday.
Bromsgrove DC - Marlbrook: C 284, Lab 236, Ind 138, Ukip 68, Lib Dem 67, Green 14, Ind 4. (May 2007 - Two seats C 814, 656, Lab 485). C hold. Swing 7.2% C to Lab.
Dover DC - Lydden and Temple Ewell: C 239, Lab 90, Ukip 55. (May 2007 - C 552, Lab 186, Ukip 79). C hold. Swing 3% C to Lab.
Kent CC - Dover Town: Lab 1491, C 1348, Ukip 404, Lib Dem 170. (June 2009 - Two seats C 2825, 2590, Lab 1894, 1781, Lib Dem 1732, 1691). Lab gain from C. Swing 9% C to Lab.
Tower Hamlets LBC - Spitalfields and Banglatown: Respect 666, Lab 553, C 135, Green 52, Lib Dem 33, Ind 28. (May 2010 - Three seats Lab 1660, 1545, 1500, Respect 1068, Lib Dem 839, 673, C 571, 561, Lib Dem 532, C 492, Green 483, Respect 441, 437, Green 265, Ind 141). Respect gain from Ind. Swing 15.5% Lab to Respect.
Tunbridge Wells BC - Sherwood: C 422, Lib Dem 174, Lab 124, Ukip 92, English Democrats 75. (May 2010 - C 1343, Lib Dem 737, Lab 454, Ukip 263). C hold. Swing 3.1% Lib Dem to C.
Worcestershire CC - Alvechurch: C 637, Lab 189, Ind 157, Lib Dem 83, Ind 79, Ukip 65.(June 2009 - C 1165, Ukip 626, Lib Dem 376, Lab 264, Green 222, BNP 189). C hold. Swing 2.6% Lab to C.