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Election Results 4th February 2010

Blackburn with Darwen UA, Queens Park
Lab 638 (54.2; +3.0)
LD Imtiaz Patel 366 (31.1; -17.8)
Con 174 (14.8; +14.8)
Majority 272
Turnout 28%
Lab gain from LD
Percentage change is since May 2008.

Newcastle under Lyme BC, Newchapel
Con 208 (33.5; -10.6)
UKIP 148 (23.8; +10.4)
Lab 138 (22.2; -1.1)
LD Adrian Rhodes 127 (20.5; +1.4)
Majority 60
Turnout not known.
Con hold
Percentage change is since May 2008.

North East Derbyshire DC, Holmewood and Heath
Lab 373 (64.1; -35.9)
Con 209 (35.9; +35.9)
Majority 164
Turnout 21.45%
Lab gain from LD
Percentage change is since May 2007 (Lab elected unopposed)
(The seat was subsequently won by a Liberal Democrat in a By-Election in 2008)

Tandridge DC, Whyteleafe
LD David Lee 444 (57.0; +3.2)
Con 236 (30.3; -11.3)
UKIP 99 (12.7; +12.7)
[Lab (0.0; -4.6)]
Majority 208
Turnout 28.9%
LD hold
Percentage change is since May 2008.

Dronfield TC, South
LD Richard Bembridge 309 (45.0)
Con 296 (43.1)
Lab 170 (24.7)
Ind 65 (9.5)
Majority 13
Turnout 19.91%
LD gain from Con.

Shifnal TC, Manor
Con 289 (35.0)
LD David Murray 157 (19.0)
Ind 143 (17.3)
Ind 136 (16.5)
Ind 100 (12.1)
Majorities 146 and 14
Turnout 23%
1 x Con hold and 1 x LD gain from Con


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