Greens gain and NIP struggle, but Labour decay is the election theme

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The big battle in this round of elections was always going to be between the Conservatives and Labour in the Hartlepool by-election, a battle in which the Tories achieved a landslide win.

However, smaller parties had mixed results. The Greens made some gains, as did the Liberal Democrats. The Northern Independence Party had a rough outing in its first electoral test.

Lib Dems

The Lib Dems, who have never looked the same since their stint in coalition with the Tories, won control of Stockport Council and took four seats from Labour in Sunderland.

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They also took four seats from an available nine Essex County Council in Chelmsford and held onto Orkney in the Scottish parliamentary elections.

Following a win in Hull, Lib Dem councillor Jack Haines tweeted that:

Labour are on notice in Hull and the Liberal Democrats are the only party that can move the city forward.


The Greens also made progress across the country, including on Essex County Council. It’s hard to tell how much a rejection of Starmer’s Labour informed Green gains, but they were spread out across all parts of the country.

The Greens also had successes in Cornwall, prompting Green peer Natalie Bennett to tweet:

#GreenFuture from literally one end of England to other – Northumberland to Cornwall!

Elsewhere, they took seats from Labour in Stockport and South Tyneside, and from the Conservatives in Humshaugh. They also won a first ever seat on Hastings Council.

Northern Independence Party

Much was made of the Northern Independence Party’s threat to Labour in Hartlepool and in the ‘Red Wall’ generally. Its ‘candidate’ Thelma Walker, who had previously been a Labour MP in the Corbyn era, ran as an Independent. It is therefore debatable whether this was a true test of NIP’s popularity. Either way, Walker received only 250 votes.

Despite Walker’s heavy defeat, NIP’s founder Philip Proudfoot did not appear to be put off by the poor results, pledging that this was just the beginning.

Labour decay?

But successes for left-liberal parties like the Greens and Lib Dems may represent another shot across the bows for Labour, whose appeal in the north looks deader than ever. Figures as diverse as lord Andrew Adonis and Jeremy Corbyn quickly called for a new direction for Labour.

Time will tell if the party can be steered toward a better course, and whether or to what extent that future involves Keir Starmer.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Carl Durose

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    1. Starmer is merely a plug-n-play globalist Establishment toady. He can be replaced as easily as a broken lightbulb with someone with equal lack of moral fibre and conviction, perhaps by the even-more-odious Dave Milibland, or the Balls/Cooper grotesqueries.

      It REALLY doesn’t matter – except to Starmer, and those who have ‘invested’ in him – whether Starmer continues.

      In fact, by being the constant reminder that he was the replacement to the most decent and human potential PM we’ve had during our lifetimes, him being leader is probably doing Resist good.

      Hopefully the CFR shit will finally boot Corbyn out of the PLP, so matters can start moving forwards.

      Labour is dead. I’d even rather vote for the BloJo (That isn’t about to happen, lol).

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