Victory for Nicci in Lyngford by-election

Somerset County Gazette: Victory for Nicci in Lyngford by-election Victory for Nicci in Lyngford by-election

LIBERAL Democrat Nicci Court won a landslide victory in the Lyngford by-election for Taunton Deane Council.

The full results from the yesterday's vote were: Nicci Court, Lib Dem, 523; Martin Jevon, Labour, 164; Stephanie Lukins, UKIP, 64; Tonia White, Conservatives, 274.

She said: “I live in North Taunton and I am very proud to have been elected to represent my local community.

“I ran a positive campaign about my plans for better youth facilities, doorstep recycling and high-profile policing. I will be a dedicated councillor and I am delighted that the Liberal Democrats are gaining in popularity in Taunton.”

Council leader Ross Henley said: "This was a fantastic result for the Liberal Democrats and the double majority over the conservatives too. "Well done to Nicci Court."

Taunton MP Jeremy Browne said:“Nicci Court will be a fantastic councillor for Lyngford.

“The result of this by-election shows that Taunton Deane residents support positive Liberal Democrat campaigns to improve our community.

“It is an impressive achievement by Nicci Court to win over half the votes cast and massively increase the Liberal Democrat majority. The Conservatives threw everything at the campaign and must be very disappointed to be going backwards.”

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5:50pm Fri 16 Oct 09

Outraged of Oake says...

One swalllow doesn't make a summer Mr Browne.
One swalllow doesn't make a summer Mr Browne. Outraged of Oake
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6:47pm Fri 16 Oct 09

MilkmanDave says...

This by-election was fought very actively with all four parties door knocking, phoning around (I understand that the Tories paid for a phone bank) and delivering literature.

The results breakdown; (with 2007 comparison)
Con 27% -1
Lab 16% -11
Lib 51% +7
UKIP 6% +6

The story here will be the further collapse of the Labour vote, even from 2007 levels, and where it has gone. Obviously the Liberal Democrats will be very happy. Signs that support is holding strong in Taunton Deane, unlike some other areas of Somerset, will be welcome. This probably reflects the work and popularity of MP Jeremy Browne.
The Conservatives will on the other hand be concerned. There has been much national coverage of their party over the last couple of years. Taunton is also the recipient of special treatment from the Lord Ashcroft elections machine. All this does not seem to have translated into votes in Taunton.
UKIP, who did not stand here previously, will probably consider this a good day at the office. Six percent is a good showing and may reflect some of the Conservative indecision over the Europe issue.
This by-election was fought very actively with all four parties door knocking, phoning around (I understand that the Tories paid for a phone bank) and delivering literature. The results breakdown; (with 2007 comparison) Con 27% -1 Lab 16% -11 Lib 51% +7 UKIP 6% +6 The story here will be the further collapse of the Labour vote, even from 2007 levels, and where it has gone. Obviously the Liberal Democrats will be very happy. Signs that support is holding strong in Taunton Deane, unlike some other areas of Somerset, will be welcome. This probably reflects the work and popularity of MP Jeremy Browne. The Conservatives will on the other hand be concerned. There has been much national coverage of their party over the last couple of years. Taunton is also the recipient of special treatment from the Lord Ashcroft elections machine. All this does not seem to have translated into votes in Taunton. UKIP, who did not stand here previously, will probably consider this a good day at the office. Six percent is a good showing and may reflect some of the Conservative indecision over the Europe issue. MilkmanDave
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7:15pm Fri 16 Oct 09

wilf61 says...

Lets hope that this councillor is worth the £4000 per annum in expenses and doesn't become another missing councillor!
Lets hope that this councillor is worth the £4000 per annum in expenses and doesn't become another missing councillor! wilf61
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3:32pm Sat 17 Oct 09

somersetbhoy says...

I look forward to her plans for doorstop recycling with interest .. I've got a fair few of her campaign leaflets cluttering up my house.

Oh and I couldn't think of a better way of losing my vote than putting yet another leaflet through my door at 7:00am on the day of the election, my dog appreciated it though
I look forward to her plans for doorstop recycling with interest .. I've got a fair few of her campaign leaflets cluttering up my house. Oh and I couldn't think of a better way of losing my vote than putting yet another leaflet through my door at 7:00am on the day of the election, my dog appreciated it though somersetbhoy
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7:28pm Sat 17 Oct 09

verthandi says...

The way to measure swings is flawed. you have to compare two parties only using the swing method.
The only accurate conclusion is that Labour have slid a very long way in what had once been a "safe" seat for them.
The way to measure swings is flawed. you have to compare two parties only using the swing method. The only accurate conclusion is that Labour have slid a very long way in what had once been a "safe" seat for them. verthandi
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12:04am Sun 18 Oct 09

MilkmanDave says...

I don't normally respond to other commenters, yet as there is no mention of swing in the main article, verthandi is looking to add spin (Tory of course) to my reporting of the voting percentages, so I will.

verthandi if you read you will see that the percentages listed are comparisons with previous results, not claimed as, swings.

It is also notable that with traditional Butler swing calculations or alternate Steed methodology only two parties can be compared. There are however statistical models to calculate multi sample swing. Take a look into it you might learn something. None of this really matters though.

If you are the verthandi who writes on wikipedia then from your ip you are a local tory who will only post and blog your party line.

The rest of us will let the numbers do the talking.
I don't normally respond to other commenters, yet as there is no mention of swing in the main article, verthandi is looking to add spin (Tory of course) to my reporting of the voting percentages, so I will. verthandi if you read you will see that the percentages listed are comparisons with previous results, not claimed as, swings. It is also notable that with traditional Butler swing calculations or alternate Steed methodology only two parties can be compared. There are however statistical models to calculate multi sample swing. Take a look into it you might learn something. None of this really matters though. If you are the verthandi who writes on wikipedia then from your ip you are a local tory who will only post and blog your party line. The rest of us will let the numbers do the talking. MilkmanDave
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