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Branley wins Westoe

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Indies cock a hoop

A triumph of propaganda over facts say I as the South Tyneside Independent Alliance candidate Allen Branley wins the by election in Westoe ward, South Shields for the vacant seat on South Tyneside Council.

  • Allen Branley (Independent Alliance)  694
  • Alan West (Labour)  567
  • Tony Dailly (Conservative)  320
  • Les Lovelock (BNP) 266
  • William Troupe (Lib-Dem) 225
  • David Wood (Real Independent)  194

The winning candidate, Cllr. Allen Branley was NOT AT THE COUNT where he polled only a third of the votes that he received last time, in fact the strong rumours relayed to me (as yet unconfirmed) suggest that he was celebrating his victory with a glass of his favoured vin de pays somewhere else, perhaps he didn’t share the optimism and confidence shown by some of his colleagues.

The Alliance Independent group will be cock a hoop that their most expensive election campaign so far has resulted in a win over Labour, who at a time when the national polls suggest that everything was going against them managed to reduce the Branley majority massively  from 1259 to 127. The Tories, who ought to have capitalised on the government’s misfortunes managed only to marginally improve their vote from 293 to 320 on a much reduced turn out, an embarrassing result in the circumstances, but they never looked like wanting to add to the three seats that they hold on South Tyneside Council – thankfully they pushed the BNP into fourth place (as the Anti-Fascists demonstrated outside of the town hall). The Lib-Dems look hapless outside of their stronghold in Hebburn and the Real Independent was only there to make up the numbers.

All in all a disappointing result which sees a man returned to a council that he has been thrown off twice in the past for his failure to attend meetings, but hey this is a democracy and we have to respect the judgement of the electorate irrespective of how strange it might look to some of us some of the time.


Today’s Shields Gazette reports, and I am happy to point out, that Cllr. Branley is in Scotland visiting his ill father, not in some other place as some had suggested to me. However I had received these suggestions from a number of varied sources yesterday evening. both political and non political, seems rumours spread like wildfire eh?

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Written by curly

September 11, 2009 at 12:19 am

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  1. There you have it! Who’d have believed it! Have you seen the vile “postcard ” distributed throughout the ward? It beggars belief. Politics at it’s worst!!!

    mrs. doasyouwouldbedoneby

    September 11, 2009 at 12:39 am

  2. Haven’t seen it, but there you go, it’s a strange old world.


    September 11, 2009 at 12:47 am

  3. Westoe Ward, South Tyneside MBC. Ind hold. Ind 694 (30.6%, -35), Lab 567 (25%, +6.1), Con 320 (14.1%, +3.2), BNP 266 (11.7%, +11.7), LD 225 (9.9%, +9.9), Ind 194 (8.6%, +8.6). Swing of 20.6% from Ind to Lab since 2008.

    Vote shares since 2008, huge swing to Labour from Independent which bucks the trend nationally. How does this bode for other Independent seats?

    R. Smithwhite

    September 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm

  4. Cheers me up no end. Doesn’t bode well for Independents, but augurs well for those of us who can identify with persons of like mind. As R.Smithwhite suggests,perhaps last night’s result in Westoe might lead to further change come next May. Eat your heart out Victor.We aren’t all a Martin Bell. Remember what happened to him?

    mrs. doasyouwouldbedoneby

    September 11, 2009 at 11:56 pm

  5. The vile postcard and it’s perpetarators are due to be exposed by Jane Branley according to the Gazette. Suspect it will be one of the pahntom scandals they huff and puff about but strangely never report to the police.


    September 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  6. Utterly absurd and incomprehensible. I have no faith in local politics.


    September 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

  7. In my opinion how can anyone tell lies to the public and then , all of a sudden change his views,to an apology .
    do not trust this group of people south shields deserves better

    mr m de matas

    October 12, 2009 at 9:08 am

  8. […] judge to be told that they are an “overbearing bully“, and others find it acceptable to stay away from council meetings for a whole six months yet happily offer themselves for re-election a few weeks after losing […]

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