Local elections

Latest by-election results: a hat trick for the SNP

All of this week’s council by-elections took place outside England. There were five in total, four in Scotland and one in Wales.

The SNP won three seats: two gains and one hold.

The most notable was undoubtedly on Fife council, where the nationalists won a seat from Labour on an impressive 9.1% swing:

fife

It’s the kind of result that will only buoy the SNP’s spirits still further as they head into the election campaign scenting a dizzying landslide win across Scotland.

They made a second gain on Moray council, where they took a seat from an independent:

morayHere there was a net swing of 4.4% from the Conservatives to the SNP.

The nationalists’ third win was on West Lothian council, where they held a seat easily:

lothian

Even here there was a swing from Labour to the SNP of 5.5%.

Labour also fared badly in Thursday’s other by-election in Scotland, losing a seat on the Western Isles council to an independent – although defeat was a foregone conclusion, as they didn’t even bother to field a candidate.

Finally, there was a by-election for the Vale of Glamorgan council in Wales. In a very close result, the Conservatives sneaked ahead of the Llantwit First group to win the seat:

glamorgan

This comes after a swing to Conservatives last week at Denbighshire.

The Press Association has done an analysis of eight comparable results over the past month, which gives Labour a lead over the Tories of 4.4%. Meanwhile a calculation based on five wards fought by the three main Westminster parties gives a line-up of Labour 39.9%, Conservative 33.8%, Liberal Democrats 11.3%.

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