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The Liberal Democrats achieved two significant early gains in the industrial north. But they were flaking away in some councils, hit by a squeeze from Labour and the Tories, especially in the south......
.......The Conservatives made some gains in the north, but were continuing to struggle outside rural and suburban districts. They failed to win any seat at all in Manchester once again.......
.......Jon Cruddas, another candidate for Labour's deputy leadership, said: "It's still early, but things aren't looking good. We went into this election with a councillor base at its lowest level since the late 1970s - and it looks like we'll be losing more good councillors across the country tonight." But in some towns which Labour needs to hold at the general election, the party was doing better than it feared.
Labour made a net gain of two in Bristol at the expense of the Liberal Democrats. In Harlow, a super-marginal in Westminster elections, and where the three main parties were neck and neck on the council, Labour and the Tories won a seat each from the Lib Dems.
The cause of the high number of spoilt ballot papers was thought to be due to the fact that the Scottish parliament elections required voters to put an X in the box, while local council elections, held under a new system called single transferable vote required voters to rank their preferences by 1, 2, 3 etc in the boxes.
In addition, the Holyrood contest had two separate elements - first-past-the-post, and then a top-up regional list, where voters cast a preference for party only, not candidate. In Airdrie and Shotts the number of spoilt papers was 1,536 - while the Labour majority over the SNP was just 1,446.
Dundee West saw 978 rejected papers and 970 in Motherwell and Wishaw.
Originally posted by Freedom ERP
Very interesting to hear people talking about their share of the vote as a way to hid the fact they lost seats and councils.
Certainly will be watching what happens in Scotland. This is the most interested thing to come out of these elections.
It'll be interesting to see who will end up working with whom.
Personally I reckon another Lab/LibDem coalition is the most likely result.
Originally posted by spencerjohnstone will this cause conflcit of interests with westminster, we will have to wait and see....