May 25, 2015 Leave a comment
Eight years ago I was a candidate in the then Basildon District Council elections. I was working in Dunton, was invited by the local Labour Party, and stood in Nethermayne; I did not win. My Labour Party activism began in Basildon, in the run-up to 1997 I was helping Angela Smith get elected. Yes, I have a long-standing affinity with Basildon, and it goes beyond politics (shall I list all the grounds I have refereed at there?)
Consequently I take an interest in their elections, and the fortunes of our candidates there. I was delighted to see, for instance, my good friend Allan Davies re-elected in May.
Here is a summary of this May’s results in the Basildon Borough Council elections:
|Party||Vote %||Wins||No of candidates|
This chart shows the vote share for the parties in local elections in Basildon from 2008 up to today.
Labour appears to be holding steady (ish), but it does look like UKIP is eating into some of the Labour vote – and this is probably partially hidden by Lib Dem switchers. I suspect that there is all sorts of churn in voter allegiance.
The current composition of Basildon Borough Council:
2 Independence Group
1 Independent Labour
1 Liberal Democrat
It is a minority Conservative administration, with (I gather) unofficial support from the Independence Group.