#LocalElections2023: early winners are the Green Party – and candidates Labour expelled

The full results aren’t in yet, but already a lot of nonsense is being said about the local elections in England and Northern Ireland.

The Conservatives have taken a hammering; at the time of writing they’re something like 10 per cent down on their previous position and could end up with just a quarter of the total councillors in England – putting them in a precarious position ahead of any future general election.

Labour has won a couple of hundred seats so far but the percentage swing in that party’s direction is negligible. I saw it described as something like 0.1 per cent in the early-early morning coverage.

As the early results came in overnight, This Writer saw a Conservative commentator saying Labour had only benefited because Tory voters had stayed at home.

This struck me as ironic, considering the point of the Tory legislation on “voter ID” was to stop Labour voters from coming out.

In that circumstance, it seems reasonable to believe that Labour could have won many more seats from the Tories if not for the new law to suppress voters.

Meanwhile, the Green Party’s support has skyrocketed, with the party almost doubling its share of councillors already. That’s a 93 per cent gain.

But the biggest kick in the teeth for the main parties – especially Labour – is the strong performance of councillors who have been expelled from that party for being too left-wing (other excuses are available).

Usually when a person leaves a political party – or is, as in these cases, removed – and stand as an independent, they sink without a trace. Look at the performance of the Labour quitters who formed Change UK while Jeremy Corbyn was in charge, and then lost their seats in the 2019 general election.

Instead, independent left-wing candidates are retaining their seats across England.

Here are a few examples:

This is in Portsmouth:

This is in Windsor:

To me, this indicates that people are starting to give up on political tribalism – they’re not all voting for candidates just because of the name of the party those people represent.

Instead, they are voting for the people they know will represent them.

We should bear in mind that these are council elections in wards with low electorates and low turnouts.

But council election results are regarded as forecasts for general elections.

It would be welcome if more high-profile exiles from Labour – like Jeremy Corbyn, for example – took this as encouragement to seek election to Parliament as independents.

The times are changing. The Parliamentary elites have tried to dictate the policies we can support and the people available to get our vote – and across the country, people are saying they’re not going to put up with it.

It’s the way we are. We’ll put up with a lot – but there come a point when someone will try to tell us what to do and we’ll say: “No.”

It would be nice to think it’s because our culture has an innate sense of decency.

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3 thoughts on “#LocalElections2023: early winners are the Green Party – and candidates Labour expelled

  1. Stu

    This isn’t the huge Labour Victory that they are pretending it to be.
    With around 50% of votes in, it looks like Lib/Dem’s and Greens between them are taking half of the Conservative losses.
    If Labour were the actual preferred Party, surely they would take a much higher percentage, so is this Sir Keir’s fault?

  2. Dave Rowlands

    I’m going to re-name this weekend the “Dead Cat” weekend. Look, we have local elections and the, er, coronation and the extra holiday Monday, which will deflect from what really happened with the disastrous results by labour and the conservatives. Maybe people are now getting to grips with the fact that the two party system is there just to keep the people of the country ticking along while politicians milk the system for their own good.

    I guess that the reporting of the local elections will just fade away with many politicians celebrating that fact. Working for us, in it together, all the other soundbites used to fool the voters that whomever is in control are there for the voter. There aren’t, from what I could find, any reports of politicians becoming poorer once elected into a position of power.

    The things the so called establishment did to Jeremy Corbyn to prevent him becoming the next PM is absolutely astounding. The fear of fairness must give these people nightmares, they lie, cheat, manipulate the truth and without any comeback from the press or so called BBC, or even the law. If it wasn’t for sites like VOX we would be convinced that everything is honky dory and these people are working for you.

    We need to start demanding our rights to a life we work hard for without lining the pockets of all these corrupt politicians who say they are on your side.

    Sorry for the rant but the TV has been on to watch this coronation because the OH likes the royals and the opulence on display while people are using food banks to survive, where the government rescues failing privatised previously publicly owned services, refuses to give the NHS the pay rises but spends more on the private sector to provide one tenth of of the needed services because shareholders need to be rewarded, and many many more self rewarding techniques used by all politicians of dubious quality need to stop, and wow, the corruption never seems to end, they even openly boast about it, what the hell is going on?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Thank you very much for the kind words about the site!

      I watched the coronation too – I had it on in the background while I wrote my article about protesters being arrested before they had even done anything. I hope it added fire to my writing.

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