24 Jul 2009

Norwich North result

Chloe Smith (Conservative) 13,591 (39.54%, +6.29%)
Chris Ostrowski (Labour) 6,243 (18.16%, -26.70%)
April Pond (Lib Dem) 4,803 (13.97%, -2.22%)
Glenn Tingle (UKIP) 4,068 (11.83%, +9.45%)
Rupert Read (Green) 3,350 (9.74%, +7.08%)
Craig Murray (Put An Honest Man into Parliament) 953 (2.77%)
Robert West (BNP) 941 (2.74%)
Bill Holden (Independent) 166 (0.48%, -0.17%)
Howling Laud (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party) 144 (0.42%)
Anne Fryatt (None of The Above Party) 59 (0.17%)
Thomas Burridge (Libertarian) 36 (0.10%)
Peter Baggs (Ind) 23 (0.07%)

No discredit to Norwich....I don't think the party nationally has got to grips with the massive resources other parties put into by-elections.

As principal speaker I put quite a bit of work into parliamentary by-elections and we are improving our vote, they are very tough though.

A great shame because we were first in Norwich in the Euro elections....but nearly 10% is I think our best ever result and the BNP did poorly


merrick said...

Staggering to see that, as in the European elections, the public react to the collapse of laissez faire economics and the expenses scandal by voting for the Conservatives and UKIP.

In other news, man on fire dowses flames with petrol.

Boy is my finger not on the pulse of the British public.

Derek Wall said...

yes scary....although the Green vote at least was up and the Goldsmid by-election win was encouraging.

do take a look at the stuff I have been posting on Peru, the good news is the indigenous win, the bad news is that they have done so at cost of state killings, imprisonment, exile, repression....so a bit of solidarity would be useful

Anonymous said...

The green candidate received 10% of a 45% turnout Derek.

4.5% of the eligible people in Norwich North voted for said person. And that's at a by-election. Don't get too excited just yet.

Derek Wall said...

I don't think I have got too excited...

Anonymous said...

I agree Derek you didn’t get too excited; however many people in the media and the Green Party were talking up the Green vote, speculating that you’d overtake the Liberals. Greens were encouraged to come and help in the by-election to learn from the best organised and successful party in the country. Coming fifth after raising expectations, has rather taken the shine off an improved vote.

greenman said...

Well, after the best ever Green Parliamentary by-election result in percentage terms I don't think many of us Greens will be TOO disappointed!

Yes it was a shame about the UKIP vote, but adding 7% onto the last comparable Green vote and doubling the vote in real terms is not to be sniffed at. The Tories were always gong to win that seat, as it is virtually certain that they will win the next election. The Green task at that election is to break through the Westminster barrier and this vote, in a non-target seat is encouraging to that end.
In the broader picture, as John Nicholson says in his article that Derek has published above, it would be good if there could be local cooperation so that some of the non-Green Party progressive left could also get in, so that there are as many voices as possible of radical left opposition in the next Parliament, supporting the struggles in workplaces and communities.

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