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 😉