So, why did Labour do so well in South Tyneside elections?
Forget the Lab to Tory swing, it didn’t happen in the local election.
Labour must be overjoyed with their success in the council elections for South Tyneside, the gains were impressive considering
a) The general election factors were going strongly against them nationally
b) The amount of time, effort, and money, poured into the campaign by the South Tyneside Independent Alliance
c) Another rise in council tax (despite it being the smallest rise in recent years)
d) A tough round of financial constraint with a lot more to follow
So bearing in mind that no-one in their right minds would expect the Conservatives, Progressives, Lib-Dems, Alliance, Independents, or BNP to be in a position of power in South Shields town hall this morning, why do you think that the Iain Malcolm led Labour Party in South Tyneside swam against the tide in such fashion?