Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Labour Lose Overall Control of North Lincolnshire Council

Now that the dust has settled on last week's local elections it's time to reflect on one of the few failures for Labour.
Labour held a one seat majority over the opposition in North Lincolnshire and with the current political climate  were firm favourites to retain control.
Early declarations showed that the Tories had gained 3 seats from Independents but this was not too worrying as the Independents were all but Tory anyway.
Then came the news that Dave Oldfield former Unite Convenor at Scunthorpe Steelworks had won by 1 vote in Burringham and Gunness thereby gaining a seat from the Tories. This news looked like securing the expected victory.
Throughout the day the other ward results  came in as expected leaving the two parties neck and neck at 20 seats each with only one ward left to declare.
Burton upon Stather and Winterton returned 3 Labour Councillors in 2007 so it looked on face value that Labour couldn't lose. Eventually after 6 recounts the news came through that Labour had lost all 3 seats to Conservative leaving them with a working majority of 3.
This leaves Labour with work to do over the next 4 years and surely must start to reignite the local branches into action and start connecting with local people.
This could lead to more members and a far more active party at grassroots level.

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