St Helens Ward By Election, Chesterfield, Thursday 5th July - Labour majority cut by 6% swing to Liberal Democrats
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat candidate Tony Rogers says:
" Labour saw a dramatic 16% fall in their share of the vote in St Helens Ward compared to last year's result. In 2011 Labour took nearly two thirds of the vote in St Helens Ward but this year their support plummeted to less than half of local voters. Liberal Democrats in a strong second place cut Labour's majority and I would like to thank all those old and new friends who supported me.
Regrettably protest votes to minor parties such as UKIP, the Greens -and even the Conservatives who came bottom of the poll - let Labour hold on to the seat.
Labour are benefitting from national problems resulting from the financial crash they helped cause by deregulating the banks when they were in Government. Despite this they are increasingly unpopular here in Chesterfield because of their mismanagement of the Town since taking control last year. Already they have increased car parking charges to the highest levels in history, are cutting Leisure Centre opening hours and planning to close down some children's play areas and are making a complete mess of the Town Centre.
The lesson is clear. Wasted protest votes on parties in third, fourth and even fifth place just let Labour win. Only the Liberal Democrats can beat Labour here in Chesterfield.
Lab 579 (45.5; -15.7)
LD Tony Rogers 412 (32.4; -6.5)
UKIP 205 (16.1; +16.1)
Green 54 (4.2; +4.2)
Con 23 (1.8; +1.8)
Majority Turnout Lab hold. Percentage change is since May 2011.