Labour win in Oxford City Council by-election

Louise Upton

Louise Upton

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LABOUR's Louise Upton has swept to victory in tonight's by-election.

The Oxford City Council race was held after disgraced former Lord Mayor Alan Armitage stepped down, leaving a vacancy on the council.

Mrs Upton claimed 367 votes, narrowly defeating Lib Dem contender Tim Bearder, who secured 330 votes.

Her victory adds to the strong majority her party already has on the council.

Green Party candidate Sushila Dhall picked up 262 votes, while Tory John Walsh trailed the field with 100 votes.

The turnout on the night was low at 23 per cent.

 

 

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2:25am Fri 20 Sep 13

Myron Blatz says...

With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision.
With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -111

8:26am Fri 20 Sep 13

mytaxes says...

23% turnout shows what residents thought of the candidates.
23% turnout shows what residents thought of the candidates. mytaxes
  • Score: -85

8:31am Fri 20 Sep 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision.
At the same time Sushila Dhall will continue to appear regularly in the press claiming to represent the people as "former" or "future candidate"...
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision.[/p][/quote]At the same time Sushila Dhall will continue to appear regularly in the press claiming to represent the people as "former" or "future candidate"... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -36

8:43am Fri 20 Sep 13

SNJ says...

It's worrying that 77% of people in the North Ward couldn't care less who represents them.
It's worrying that 77% of people in the North Ward couldn't care less who represents them. SNJ
  • Score: 10

8:47am Fri 20 Sep 13

Myron Blatz says...

And for those who don't like the North Ward result, just remember that 77 percent of those entitled to vote - including with postal votes - didn't get off their fat/otherwise backsides to actually vote! So, only those really conerned about democracy bothered - and on this occassion it was Labour who managed to beat the other political parties, and win. Now all that Labour has to do to ensure that its new City Councillor gets returned as Ward Coincillor at the next election, and that means listening to what the people need and want - it's called due democratic process, Cllr Price!
And for those who don't like the North Ward result, just remember that 77 percent of those entitled to vote - including with postal votes - didn't get off their fat/otherwise backsides to actually vote! So, only those really conerned about democracy bothered - and on this occassion it was Labour who managed to beat the other political parties, and win. Now all that Labour has to do to ensure that its new City Councillor gets returned as Ward Coincillor at the next election, and that means listening to what the people need and want - it's called due democratic process, Cllr Price! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -75

10:03am Fri 20 Sep 13

Ginger Tosser says...

To be fair to the electors of North ward a large proportion of the electorate are students, who are nowhere near Oxford at the moment. In that light the turnout, while not spectacular, is ok.
To be fair to the electors of North ward a large proportion of the electorate are students, who are nowhere near Oxford at the moment. In that light the turnout, while not spectacular, is ok. Ginger Tosser
  • Score: -50

10:23am Fri 20 Sep 13

EMBOX2 says...

More of the same then from Labour.

I'm sick of the big 3 parties. They've all failed us over the years, and they all have the gall to say they are in tune with what voters think.
More of the same then from Labour. I'm sick of the big 3 parties. They've all failed us over the years, and they all have the gall to say they are in tune with what voters think. EMBOX2
  • Score: -83

12:26pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Captain J says...

With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up.

We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates.

I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.
With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up. We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates. I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign. Captain J
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Oxon Chap says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Myron Blatz wrote:
With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision.
At the same time Sushila Dhall will continue to appear regularly in the press claiming to represent the people as "former" or "future candidate"...
Combined with the comment above your own regarding the turnout, she got about 4% of the available vote, and that in an area which is sympathetic to The Greens. I wonder if she will stand in B/B/Leys next time. But I think it is now time that Ms Dhall is treated in the press with the power that she has polled, rather than the "leader of her causes" that she seems to get. P.S. Her loony idea of pedestrianisation of Woodstock Road by the new buildings probably did not help her cause as much as she thought that it would. They may be many things, but the people of North Oxford are not stupid.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: With both City Councillors now Labour, they should be able to offer the people in North Ward stronger and more coordinated provision.[/p][/quote]At the same time Sushila Dhall will continue to appear regularly in the press claiming to represent the people as "former" or "future candidate"...[/p][/quote]Combined with the comment above your own regarding the turnout, she got about 4% of the available vote, and that in an area which is sympathetic to The Greens. I wonder if she will stand in B/B/Leys next time. But I think it is now time that Ms Dhall is treated in the press with the power that she has polled, rather than the "leader of her causes" that she seems to get. P.S. Her loony idea of pedestrianisation of Woodstock Road by the new buildings probably did not help her cause as much as she thought that it would. They may be many things, but the people of North Oxford are not stupid. Oxon Chap
  • Score: -131

2:27pm Fri 20 Sep 13

bart-on simpson says...

Was that Sushila Dhall on the X90 coach the other morning going into London? Appalling disruptive behaviour!
Was that Sushila Dhall on the X90 coach the other morning going into London? Appalling disruptive behaviour! bart-on simpson
  • Score: 27

3:12pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

bart-on simpson wrote:
Was that Sushila Dhall on the X90 coach the other morning going into London? Appalling disruptive behaviour!
Go on. Tell us more...

Upload it to Youtube (other video file sharing websites are available) if you can.
[quote][p][bold]bart-on simpson[/bold] wrote: Was that Sushila Dhall on the X90 coach the other morning going into London? Appalling disruptive behaviour![/p][/quote]Go on. Tell us more... Upload it to Youtube (other video file sharing websites are available) if you can. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -23

5:14pm Fri 20 Sep 13

jameswalton says...

That means 77% of the population don't want this kind of politics, a huge majority. What do they propose instead?
That means 77% of the population don't want this kind of politics, a huge majority. What do they propose instead? jameswalton
  • Score: -35

10:22pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Bertrand_Russell says...

Captain J wrote:
With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up.

We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates.

I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.
I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors.
.
Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour.
.
Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils.
[quote][p][bold]Captain J[/bold] wrote: With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up. We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates. I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.[/p][/quote]I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors. . Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour. . Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils. Bertrand_Russell
  • Score: -38

2:57am Sat 21 Sep 13

Oxon Chap says...

Bertrand_Russell wrote:
Captain J wrote:
With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up.

We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates.

I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.
I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors.
.
Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour.
.
Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils.
If the election had been in B/B/Leys then I would agree with you, but this was in the richest area of Oxford where even derelict two up, two down houses go for half a million. This victory was massive, as in the past Labour were lucky to get more votes than the token joke candidate.
[quote][p][bold]Bertrand_Russell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain J[/bold] wrote: With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up. We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates. I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.[/p][/quote]I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors. . Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour. . Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils.[/p][/quote]If the election had been in B/B/Leys then I would agree with you, but this was in the richest area of Oxford where even derelict two up, two down houses go for half a million. This victory was massive, as in the past Labour were lucky to get more votes than the token joke candidate. Oxon Chap
  • Score: -144

9:38am Sat 21 Sep 13

mytaxes says...

Many students are here already and of course as they do not have to pay council tax it does not matter who they vote for. If more people had to pay council tax they might think twice about who they vote for in a local election.
Many students are here already and of course as they do not have to pay council tax it does not matter who they vote for. If more people had to pay council tax they might think twice about who they vote for in a local election. mytaxes
  • Score: -90

2:58pm Sat 21 Sep 13

Bertrand_Russell says...

Oxon Chap wrote:
Bertrand_Russell wrote:
Captain J wrote:
With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up.

We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates.

I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.
I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors.
.
Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour.
.
Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils.
If the election had been in B/B/Leys then I would agree with you, but this was in the richest area of Oxford where even derelict two up, two down houses go for half a million. This victory was massive, as in the past Labour were lucky to get more votes than the token joke candidate.
Hmn - what about 2012, where they won by 130 votes?
Or 2013, when they won Jericho & Osney (which includes most of North ward) by more than 800 votes?
You do have a point about before then, although since the General election it has become strongly Labour.
.
Considering Labour had such huge numbers of activists, including Andrew Smith MP, they should have won by a lot more.
37 votes is a very a close result, especially considering the circumstances of the by-election, and how heinously unpopular the Lib Dems are.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon Chap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bertrand_Russell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captain J[/bold] wrote: With the amount of crap Louise Upton's supporters shoved through our letterbox, I imagine people voted for her just to shut her up. We received a group of letters personally addressed to each person in our flat on 2 seperate occasions, a fake hand-written "letter" from a supporter, about 4 or 5 flyers and a personal visit from one member of her team. Only got one flyer from each of the other candidates. I wouldn't have bothered voting normally, but all the crap I received made me feel compelled to go and vote for the Green party candidate in sympathy for all the trees that died during Louise's campaign.[/p][/quote]I think this comment shows just how much effort it takes for Labour to win by a mere 37 votes, with an army of supporters and 29-30 of the 48 City councillors. . Ed Miliband is not making the progress he needs to if the "strongest Labour party" (as Andrew Smith calls it) cannot win more comfortably with the 'air-war' in their favour. . Also, I hope this shows (for the sake of diversity of opinion in Oxford) that the days of a Labour-dominated city council are numbered. Large majorities on the City council give officers free reign to bully councillors into appalling decisions like the poorly planned Port Meadow flats, the rushed Hab Oakus development, and the gradual abolition of the City's parish councils.[/p][/quote]If the election had been in B/B/Leys then I would agree with you, but this was in the richest area of Oxford where even derelict two up, two down houses go for half a million. This victory was massive, as in the past Labour were lucky to get more votes than the token joke candidate.[/p][/quote]Hmn - what about 2012, where they won by 130 votes? Or 2013, when they won Jericho & Osney (which includes most of North ward) by more than 800 votes? You do have a point about before then, although since the General election it has become strongly Labour. . Considering Labour had such huge numbers of activists, including Andrew Smith MP, they should have won by a lot more. 37 votes is a very a close result, especially considering the circumstances of the by-election, and how heinously unpopular the Lib Dems are. Bertrand_Russell
  • Score: -61

2:23pm Mon 23 Sep 13

mike111 says...

Right, you 'other parties', don't be sulking now. You all failed to realise just how desperate Labour are and how much behind the scenes support from the national party they get. So crucial for them to maintain the grip on this isolated council. The people of North Oxford seem either lazy or pragmatic in voting for those in power. I hope they manage to influence the Labour group towards more democratic behaviour, but won't hold my breath. You others will have to wise up and stop splitting the vote.
Right, you 'other parties', don't be sulking now. You all failed to realise just how desperate Labour are and how much behind the scenes support from the national party they get. So crucial for them to maintain the grip on this isolated council. The people of North Oxford seem either lazy or pragmatic in voting for those in power. I hope they manage to influence the Labour group towards more democratic behaviour, but won't hold my breath. You others will have to wise up and stop splitting the vote. mike111
  • Score: -29

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