Friday, 15 March 2013

Results from Gospel Oak by-election

Gospel Oak Ward, LB Camden. Lab hold. 

Lab 1272 (59.9%, +20.7), Con 419 (19.7%, -7.9), Green 134 (6.3%, -5.4), LD 132 (6.2%, -15.3), TUSC 109 (5.1%, +5.1), BNP 57 (2.7%, +2.7). Swing of 14.3% from Con to Lab since 2010. 

Top effort from Camden Labour in Gospel Oak and a dreadful result for the Tories in a ward they held from 2006 to 2010 and for the Coalition parties as a whole - 6.2% for the Lib Dems in a ward next to one where they have a seat is a bad showing.

Labour's candidate was Maeve McCormack, a school governor at St.Dominic's - a primary which Labour has invested over £2m captial works despite BSF cuts by the government - and we ran a campaign based on Police and Fire Station cuts.

The Tory campaign was notable by its absence of Tory branding and sparse reference to the Conservative Party through its literature.


Discussions about the vanishing Tory logo have appeared on Richard Osley's blog and on the BBC's This Week (from 15.00).

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