Congratulations to Ann Marie Curry, who as expected won the North Road seat, vacated by Steve Jones' disqualification, for the LibDems yesterday.
The final result was;
CURRY (LibDem) 561 (51%)
VASEY (Labour) 262 (24%)
JENKINSON (Tory) 115 (10%)
HOODLESS (BNP) 106 (9.5%)
JONES (Independent) 60 (5.5%)
Commiserations to John Vasey, who would have made an excellent local councillor for the ward. I'm sure his time will come again.
Last night's result was remarkably similar to the 2007 election, when the votes are aggregated to take account of parties which did not stand a full slate. The outcome then was;
So the LibDems actually lost ground, and Labour was the only party to increase its share of the vote. Thinking about the wider battle between Labour and the Tories ahead of the General Election, it's also significant that Labour polled more than double the number of votes of the Conservative candidate.
And that tootling noise you can hear? Well, that's the sound of the LibDems merrily blowing their own trumpets. Regular readers of this blog will know that LibDems collectively have many faults. Plainly excessive humility is not amongst them...