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Lib Dems chose the day carefully for a low turnout - perhaps hoping for bad weather (several people had falls while out voting) - but if the Bewsey by-election is a guide, Labour will be back in power in Warrington next May.

 

McATEER, Lyndsay Green Party 47

 

MULHALL, John Independent 33

 

RAYMOND, Ann Liberal Democrat 221

 

REAH, Lance Conservative 118

 

RICHARDS, Jeff Labour 1032

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I think that the Libs and the Tories will be quite pleased with the low turnout, chances are the margin of victory would have been even more embarrassing.

While we are on the topic of low percentages tho' it is interesting to note that the Tories can have the deputy leader of the council whilst having less than 11% of the seats and the Lib Dems can hold the balance of power in the country with less than 9% of all MPs.

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Makes a bit of a mockery of the voting system eh :wink:

 

You're probably right that the libs and cons will be pleased by the low turnout locally as they can blame their lack of support on the weather.

 

Better than having to face upto the reality or admit that maybe 'supporters' have abandoned them due to the government coalition... the coalition that during the run up to the general elections we were all promised would NEVER EVER happen :roll::wink:

 

Welcome to the forum by the way :D

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I think that the Libs and the Tories will be quite pleased with the low turnout, chances are the margin of victory would have been even more embarrassing.

While we are on the topic of low percentages tho' it is interesting to note that the Tories can have the deputy leader of the council whilst having less than 11% of the seats and the Lib Dems can hold the balance of power in the country with less than 9% of all MPs.

 

Quite true, but if we end up with a PR voting system, this kind of arrangement may well become a regular thing....

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It still leaves the coalition with a majority of one. The whips will be busy.....

 

Liberal Democrat 23 + Conservative 6

 

Labour 28

 

If the Cons had any honour or any sense they'd dump the 'alliance' now.

..........but then they didn't have any honour or sense making this 'pact for power' in the first place! :roll:

 

Let them all get what they deserve in May!

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I still can't come to terms with how the two loosers are in power but the party with the majority of seats are the complete outsiders with no power.

 

Should it really be allowed?

 

I'm not an avid labour supporter by the way... so not based on political bias.

 

Does this happen anywhere else of just in politics and council/government areas ?

 

Imagine the uproar with X-factor if the winner (based on the highest number of public votes) was told they had won but then two runners up added their votes together so were now the 'winners' and the true 'winner' then was pushed into 3rd place.

 

Odd comparison you may say to compare politics with the xfactor..... but not really as both are a complete FARCE :wink:

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Conservatives hate the Lib Dems anyway, but they were offering two cabinet posts, whereas Labour (in local government) can't enter a formal coalition without National Executive approval, and while certain Tory councillors (hello Paul) would have preferred to give ad hoc support to a minority Labour administration they were outvoted.

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