If this is losing…

6 May, 2008

David Ottewell is a lovely chap not least because he gave this blog a plug earlier but I can’t agree with his conclusion that Manchester Lib Dems won in 2008. Don’t get me wrong nationally Labour got slaughtered, I think it was the worst performance since 1968. But I think there are some important things to point out as to what happened in Manchester

  • Labour went in with the same number of seats in Manchester that it came out with. Winning 2 and losing 2.
  • Across the city Labour got 39,294 votes, the Lib Dems 27,773, the Tories 13,009 and the greens 7402. If that is not winning then I don’t know what is.
  • Against the backdrop of Labour 20% behind the Tories nationally Manchester Labour lost a net total of one seat to the Lib Dems. I might be tempted to say rude things about Simon Ashley as a Lib Dem but clearly he is doing something right for the Labour party.
  • The Conservatives failed again to pick up a seat.

Now there have been many other cities where the Lib Dems have gained control at least for a time. The reason that they haven’t in Manchester is because Manchester Labour especially Richard Leese has led the council magnificently in partnership with a national Labour government. That and the Manchester Lib Dems are really rubbish đŸ˜‰

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One Response to “If this is losing…”

  1. News that is much less bad than really bad news elsewhere is not neceesarily good news.

    Labour didn’t do badly in Manchester, by any means. But by virtue of gaining a single seat, the Lib Dems edged it.

    Whether they should be satisfied with such minimal success – when Labour was getting wiped out elsewhere – is another matter.

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