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TORY WINS SEEN AS VOTER APATHY

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Three Conservative wins in recent by-elections said more about voter apathy than overall trends, according to LGC e...
Three Conservative wins in recent by-elections said more about voter apathy than overall trends, according to LGC election expert Professor Colin Rallings.

'They are winning back areas which had always been theirs until 1995. The turnout in those three seats averaged only 20%, indicating perhaps a lack of enthusiasm for all parties,' Mr Rallings said.

Tory local government spokesman Richard Ottaway said of the wins in Bromsgrove DC, Epping Forest DC and Amber Valley BC: 'Disillusionment with Labour in local government is deepening.'

But Mr Rallings pointed out the Conservatives lost two seats to Independents in Ribble Valley BC and West Somerset DC on the same day.
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