Election Results: York now in

Friday, 4th May 2007 at 16:14 UTC 6 comments

I’ve spent most of the day at the York Count and the following is worth noting:

Lib Dems 18, Labour 17, Conservatives 8, Green 2.

Greens have no changes, though lots of major gains, moving second in Clifton Ward and Hull Road Ward with little/no work.   Labour took Holgate, though not without a recount on the one Lib Dem who would have been a fresh councillor.  Susan Galloway beat her husband Steve (former leader) by 1 vote (he’ll be cooking dinner tonight, perhaps?).  Respect did fairly well in Clifton.

The big story is the Tory gain of 8 seats.  They now have a sizeable number.  This means that the old coalition of Labour and Tory will almost certainly form a council government. One Tory even won a seat which he won’t be able to take up; he stood as a paper candidate in the North of the City and made a stun-win.  The BNP polled well in Acomb (520) and Haxby (620), which is worrying, though others fell flat on their faces.

So a Lab/Con council, with Lib Dems close behind, and the Greens with all to play for.  The BNP were neither victorious nor vanquished.  The real story appears to be the Tory one.  Bad, but not the end of the world.


Entry filed under: democracy, Elections, Politics, York.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Betty  |  Friday, 4th May 2007 at 17:24 UTC

    I don’t know about the York election publicity, but in East Yorks the Tory’s main issue was “we WILL take away your rubbish bin every week” and I know that a lot of people don’t seem to understand that in York their rubbish is being collected every week still, so maybe they benefitted from the “Rubbish Vote”.

  • 2. Greg  |  Saturday, 5th May 2007 at 10:43 UTC

    And your big problem with 8 tory wards is…

  • 3. Betty  |  Monday, 7th May 2007 at 15:46 UTC

    Just for comparison, there are 47 Tory seats in East Yorkshire

  • 4. Steve  |  Tuesday, 8th May 2007 at 1:21 UTC

    Fascinating. Why would Labour enter a coalition with the Tories, rather than, say, the LibDems? Or do they want York city council to support the war in Iraq? I can’t see what else they have uin common with the Tories.

  • 5. Graham Martin  |  Friday, 11th May 2007 at 5:12 UTC

    Minor addendum, apparently when you extrapolate the figures for the top candidate from each party in each ward contained within the new York Central parliamentary constituency, you get Labour 1st, Greens 2nd. w00t!

  • 6. Graham Martin  |  Sunday, 23rd September 2007 at 12:02 UTC

    Another Minor Addendum, the Lib Dems have won the seat which went to a by-election recently, and now hold enough seats to govern York completely. Labour and Tories never really worked that closely, other than to try and disgrace the Lib Dems.


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