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Respect wins three seats

I have linked to the story about Respect on their website. Nationally they won three seats. (Birmingham, Bolsover and Preston) They have lost a councillor recently (in Tower Hamlets) who has defected to Labour.

What we noticed was that they piled people into Springfield, Sparkbrook and Moseley Wards. We won 3 of the wards in the Hall Green Constituency and Respect won Sparkbrook (but with a lower vote than last year).

What is clear is that Respect split the vote against Labour in the inner cities allowing Labour to hold on in Bordesley Green, Nechells, Lozells, and Aston.

Given their lack of electoral success in the elections they will have some difficulties holding together. The deal in Bethnal Green was a one election deal which is why George Galloway is not expected to stand again.

This gives Respect a considerable challenge because they have little electoral success and need more wins to hold together.

The BNP went into reverse from 2006 which is good news. They, however, won far more seats than Respect (although it is difficult to find out exactly how many).

The Greens gained 19 seats and held 26 doing well in Brighton. Brighton, if I remember rightly, is an area where they get good results generally including in the parliamentary election.

Respect and the Greens fish in the same pond and I think you may see a gradual flow from Respect to the Lib Dems, Greens and Labour.


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