It's not often that one's personal vote makes as much difference as in my local ward council byelection last night. Rishi Shori, Labour, won by just nine votes. Phew!
Here is the Bury Times story
Close victory for Labour in council by-election
1:54am Friday 5th June 2009
By Gaynor Clarke
LABOUR held on to their Radcliffe West seat last night by a margin of just nine votes.
Rishi Shori was elected into the seat after receiving 879 votes from people living in the ward.
Councillor Shori said: “I think it is a good result in what is a difficult time and we have learned a lot of lessons from the national situation. I am delighted that we have done so well.”
In a close second was Conservative candidate Samantha Davies with 870 votes, closing the 460 vote majority gained by Labour in the ward last year.
The other results were: Jean Purdy (BNP) with 459, Mike Halsall (Liberal Democrats) with 429, and Stephen Morris (English Democrats) with 228 votes.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of long-standing Labour councillor Wayne Campbell, who left to take a job as maintenance manager for Six Town Housing.
Turnout in the by-election was 35.1 per cent.
This gives the following figures:
Turnout 2865 (35.1%)
Lib Dem 15%
Eng Dem 8%