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Labour hold seat in Primrose

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BNP thwarted by additional candidates in Jarrow by election

Last night’s by election for the vacant seat in the Primrose ward of South Tyneside Council produced one of those “squeaky bum” moments for Labour as they narrowly fought off the attempts of the BNP to take their first council seat in the north-east. Labour’s Ken Stephenson held the seat, declared vacant after the untimely death of Barrie Scorer, against a strong challenge from Pete Hodgkinson for the BNP.

Primrose result

Ken Stephenson (Labour) 854
Pete Hodgkinson (British National Party) 566
Aaron Luke (Independent) 213
David Alan Rice (Independent) 174
Anthony James Lanaghan (Conservative) 124
Susan Heather Troupe (Liberal Democrat) 100

Hodgkinson has now come close twice in Primrose, having taken second place to Labour’s Jim Perry in 2008, the BNP saw their vote fall slightly following the introduction of two independent candidates and the Liberal Democrats, in 2008 there were only three candidates for the seat. Turnout yesterday was 32.25% quite close to the norm and only slightly down on the 33% who turned out to vote in 2008.

It appears from yesterday’s vote that Labour’s position was weakened and the BNP’s just about the same as it was last time, the biggest losers were the Conservative Party whose weak base vote became split between themselves, the Lib-Dems and the two Independent candidates. Unfortunately insufficient BNP votes were soaked up by the minor parties and as a result Pete Webber and Pete Hodgkinson are likely to see their efforts as a success and hang around for the next election in May, which, if held on the same day as a general election, could see Labour facing another uphill task to hold this seat as a mood for change affects core Labour voters.

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Written by curly

February 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

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  1. I am pleased that 1465 people did not want the BNP and their vile racist policies- you know, the ones they keep quiet about.
    The Labour candidate was a new candidate whereas the BNP candidate had previously stood in the same ward against a well known Councillor.
    Congratulations to all involved in keeping out the BNP.

    I spy

    February 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

  2. I echo those sentiments I Spy, however curly i had to chuckle at Aron Lukes ‘dont give up your day job curly, you will never make a Statistical Analyst’on his Twitter. Aron put your feet up, after having the backing of a party behind you, hundreds of man hours and god knows how much on leaflets ‘dont give up your day job’ you WILL NEVER be a Councilor in Primrose.

    Truly Independent

    February 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

  3. I had to chuckle at the worst campaign slogan I’d ever seen in my life: “Remember, vote for your DAR.”

    I cringe even typing it!

    David MacLean

    February 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm


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