Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Can't win 'em all

Although winning some would be nice at the moment.

Work got in the way of me being able to do much work in either Aston or Bordesley, the by-elections caused by the vote-rigging scandal from June 2004. I did manage to get out a little in the final week and knocked on a few doors and ran a few electors to the polling station, so I can't claim much of the blame for our defeat in five out of the six seats. I was disappointed to see that Stewart Stacey wasn't able to get back onto the council - it sorely needs people with his experience and ability and having him back would strengthen the Labour group.

There's always next year.

And Tilsley? Don't go claiming that you defeated us on an issue of principle until you know what principles are.


Anonymous said...

Of course these results mean that you have almost no chance of regaining control of the council next May. Realistically you need at least 59 seats to prevent the Tories and Lib Dem's retaining a majority and that would require 11 gains on top of the 17 seats that you will be defending. That would mean winning the kind of seats that you only ever won in the mid 90's when the tories were less popular than peadophiles.

PoliticalHack said...

I didn't sign up for an easy life.


I'd have to agree that it is a huge ask of the Labour Party people to start retaking some of those seats, but that's the job that faces us. The alternative is another year or two of Whitless and his crew, which should be enough to energise some of our members.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it all a bit of a Bore?

john said...

Labour face a number of losses not gains next may and could end up in third place.