Lynne Featherstone

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LibDems win Camden by-election

I love it!

Two minutes after the General Election – with Labour crowing in Camden that it would get loads of votes from LibDems furious about the coalition – and they bombed!

The Liberal Democrats won all three seats in Camden Council’s delayed Haverstock West election, beating Labour and improving their share of the vote by six percent.

Commenting on the result, Liberal Democrat Party President, Ros Scott said:

“This is a fantastic result and is testament to the hard work and dedication of our Liberal Democrat councillors in Haverstock.”

Even better – this is in the Miliband’s old backyard in the very heart of Labour territory.

Wed 26 May 2010
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  1. Edward says:

    Wow – the Lib Dems really do sound like the Tories now! Five years of cuts and I wonder how the Hornsey residents will react in the next general election?

  2. Has anybody told Emily Thornberry about this?

  3. Stroud Green voter says:

    They bombed? Tere was a swing to Labour.

    Lying will get you nothing but contempt.

  4. Dougf says:

    “Wow – the Lib Dems really do sound like the Tories now! Five years of cuts and I wonder how the Hornsey residents will react in the next general election?”

    Yeah, it is hardly as voter friendly as the Labour mantra of ‘Money For Nothing and Chicks For Free’. That one works out just aces until the day the bill arrives. Which it just did. You don’t think the people who just voted knew that da pain was arriving very shortly ?

    Nah of course they didn’t. They are too stupid are they not. They need Labour to tell them how to think and how to react. Good little Labour-State clients that they are supposed to be. They never read the papers or watch the news on TV. They just know what Labour tells them they need to know.

    Maybe, just maybe, the sheeple DO have a collective mind of their own. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the keister ? It’s the stuff of nightmares. Best simply pretend not to notice.

  5. [...] Ros Scott had to say. Now Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister from down the road, says on the most readable politician’s blog in town (oops, shouldn’t have said that, the compliment will turn up on a leaflet next [...]

  6. Anthony Hocken says:

    @Stroud Green

    What will get contempt is making up your own version of events. This is the first election AFTER forming the coalition Government and there was a swing of 1% towards the Lib Dems. Read the story before commenting next time especially if you’re accusing others of lying.

    Although I would have preferred a Lib/Lab coalition, this Lib/Con outcome was the rational choice after the results. This bi-election shows others share the same sentiments.

  7. Quietzapple says:

    If there was a swing to Labour, and the National Liberals held these seats perhaps the Tories did badly?

    Notable that Ms Featherstone doesn’t actually give the Results in full.

    I expect she’s little nervous re the ConDems’ policy of keeping the names of those accused of rape secret. I bet the women who voted Nat Lib in these by-elections weren’t in the know.

  8. kemlyn says:

    I dunno Lynne, your last blog said:

    “I was hoping to see the ‘new politics’ on show yesterday in the Queen’s Speech debate. For me – the way politics is conducted with jeering and negative point scoring – has always seemed an odd showcase to the world if we want to look like grown ups making and taking grown up decision”

    and here you are, jeering and point-scoring.

    Hardly “grown up politics” is it? Deeply depressing stuff.

  9. Nick says:

    A 36% turnout doesn’t say much does it? Especially with no clarity around Labour’s current direction… hardly ‘bombed’- simply expected.
    Have to smile at Richard Osley’s piece- Lynne Featherstone has never been one to miss an opportunity to seek self-publicity in order to inflate her own ego…. check out her campaign literature and the painful collection of quotes she’s assembled on her home page!
    Add to this her gloating about Camden in spite of her ‘grown up politics’ blog, and her preference to write about ‘bats’! but reluctance to address the many concerns raised on these pages by many constituents since joining the Tory government, and the picture becomes a lot clearer.

  10. Mark Pack says:

    Stroud Green Voter: the figures I’ve seen show a swing to the Liberal Democrats. What’s your basis for saying otherwise?

  11. Stroud Green voter says:

    The evidence? Byelection in 2007 saw Lib Dems win by 160 on roughly te same turnout as Tuesday. That byelection itself saw a small swing to Labour from 2006.

    As labour lost the by less than 40 this time you don’t ave to be a holder of the Fields Medal to work out there was a further swing this time.

  12. [...] Lynne Featherstone is celebrating Camden Lib Dems’ recent victory [...]

  13. Mark Pack says:

    But this wasn’t a by-election with one seat up for grabs; it was a delayed poll with with all three seats up for grabs – which is why several people have talked about the comparison with the last time all three seats were up for election.

    I guess you don’t think that’s the right comparison to make, but disagreeing on what the most meaningful comparison is just that – disagreeing. It’s not lying as you claimed.

  14. Quietzapple says:

    Piffle.

    Pretty soon the only things swinging will be the effigies of National Liberal & Tory excuse-mes on Bonfire Night, after a summer of disasterous decisions.

    Where dissemblance becomes lying may be arguable. Ask the Dully Tele journo who said of your new master, Cameron: “He never knowingly told the truth when dissemblance was a plausible alternative.”

  15. Mark Pack says:

    PS Also, you only quoted the gap for one of the Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates. If you compare the top Lib Dem candidate with the top Labour candidate, for example, Jill Fraser was elected by a margin of 205 – rather more than the 160.

  16. Edward says:

    To draw any conclusions from a poor turn out is optimistic to say to the least. There is still good will towards this coalition from many, and I think we will not see any shift in voting patterns for at least two years. I think we can safely say that people will be worse off under this government, and whether the steadfast “blame 13 years if Labour mis-rule” will hold up is debatable. George Osborne does not look old enough to vote, let alone run the economy! His words fill me with abject fear..

    As someone who voted for Lynne in 2005 and this time, I found this blog depressing. It is crowing and immature – the impression I always get from David Cameron. I am convinced that there will be a Lib Con merger in the next five years – Cameron and Clegg both clearly want it.

    How ironic that Cleggmania may lead to the end of the Lib Dems – until you get rid of this dreadful man you will never have your party back.

  17. BenC says:

    Lynne – this is a childish post. You sound like an over-excited teenager, not a government minister.

    Rather than writing blogs on an election that wasn’t in your constituency, perhaps you could give some kind of substantive response to the serious discussions which took place elsewhere on your blog on the rape proposal, or questions posed on faith schools and inclusion in special needs schools.

    Will you be writing similar blogs on by-elections elsewhere? Will you say the Tories have bombed if you beat them? Thought not. If this is your idea of new politics, give us the old one back…

  18. Anthony Hocken says:

    @BenC – What’s childish is your insistence on dictating what Lynne should write about. Writing a very short post on this bi-election isn’t going to affect her ability to address other topics. Quit being so petulant about it.

  19. RT @pencilpapertest: Two must-read blogs by Lib-Dem Minister posted on the same day http://bit.ly/bEKYMW http://bit.ly/9GSi0x New politics? Hypocrisy more like.

  20. Congratulations to the LibDem’s I hope they can keep up the work but still keep to their agenda, it is great feeling to win when you have worked hard but you do have to remember that the whole point of being in power is to help the British public. The electorate do need to see things changing and in these uncertain times it is even more important to keep equality a main focus. I have had lots of conversations with people working in the public sector who are concentrating on savings and budget cuts, when I talk about equality they think this is taking a back seat due to the Tories view LibDems must keep the focus on this.

  21. Quietzapple says:

    When holds of council seats by the National Liberals of seats formerly help by the Lib-Dems so excite their minions as to obtain accusations of petulance, And Lynn “loves it!” a certain degree of insecurity may be manifest?

    #JustSayin.

    *Twenty years after the National Liberals went into the National Government of 1931 there were few enough Liberal MPs that a taxi could carry them to Westminster, and fewer still National Liberals left, a trivial addendum to the Conservative and Unionist Party.

  22. Helen says:

    @BenC and Anthony Hocken

    I also would like to see Lynne address the serious issues raised elsewhere on this blog – and for her to show some concern over a turn-out of 36%.

    We don’t dictate what Lynne writes about. She writes – and people respond with a variety of often well-thought-out posts with different viewpoints and questions. Then there is usually silence from our MP … this is what people find objectionable and gives credence to Lynne’s ‘airhead’ tag.

  23. Dougf says:

    “Twenty years after the National Liberals went into the National Government of 1931 there were few enough Liberal MPs that a taxi could carry them to Westminster, and fewer still National Liberals left, a trivial addendum to the Conservative and Unionist Party.”

    And what is your point if you really even have one apart from making yourself feel better about the pending and I believe permanent retrenchment of Labour to its dying heartlands ?
    By 1931 the Liberal Party was in the final stages of being driven out of the Industrial heartland by the Labour Party. That process could not then be reversed. What happened after or during the 1931 Coalition had nothing whatsoever to do with its objective position or results 20 years later. It was merely an historical re-alignment that would remain in place for as long as the ‘conditions’ supported it.
    What you should instead fear is the exact reversal of that historical re-alignment now as Labour’s old base has largely ceased to exist and it now relies on a client population of public employees, die-hard Unions, and un-assimilated immigrants. That was the purpose of New Labour — to break out of the closing social trap and get Labour a new base in England. Blair and others saw clearly what was happening and set out to interdict it. That project has now failed, and Labour is again on the path to serious marginalization.

    It’s not the Liberals who have things to fear from this Coalition. It’s Labour.

  24. BenC says:

    @Anthony Hocken

    Bizarre comment – how on earth can I dictate what Lynne writes about? If only I could….!!

    You say writing this blog hasn’t affected her ability to address other topics – well, that’s my point, she hasn’t responded!

  25. Stroud Green voter says:

    For the benefit of Mark Pack – and all other Lib Dem liars. Your party’s own website says this was a swing to Labour:

    Camden LBC, Haverstock

    Tuesday 25 May 2010 12:00

    LD Jill Fraser 1462 / Matt Sanders 1326 / Rahel Bokth 1291 (45.3; +1.7)
    Lab 1257 / 1202 / 1114 (39.0; +4.6)
    Con 259 / 250 / 236 (8.0; -3.1)
    Green 246 / 240 / 181 (7.6; -3.2)
    Majorities 205 / 69 / 34
    Turnout 36.23%
    LD hold
    Percentage change is since May 2006.

    (see http://www.aldc.org)

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