Labour claim Conservatives have lost nearly 10% of the vote in just a year. They say it resulted from life long Conservatives swinging to Labour for the first time. They also claim it represents a near 5% swing from Conservative to Labour since the June 2011 by election.
The unthinking will say, “Well, we still won it”....and they would be right.
But what a terrible result from a bastion of UK Conservatism?
Most votes are postal from residents living abroad unaware of the controversies raging around this profligate, under siege council. It is a dire result...it should trigger some deep thinking about the message voters are sending to Pooter Cockell.
But more concerning should be this. The Labour candidate ran an effective, highly localised campaign. He got out and about and focused on high tension local concerns.
If Labour continue to run these intensely resident facing campaigns it bodes badly for other wards where voter loyalty is becoming increasingly tenuous.
The Dame says there needs to be a break with the past. A new leader with an understanding of how to reconnect with voters is vital. That leader in waiting is Cllr Coleridge: he should not wait too long...this Council needs him now!
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Coleridge takes the trouble to reach out to parts of the Borough his colleagues ignore. He is remembered as the man who stood up to be counted during the Sloane Square affair.
He is a man of integrity and decency....someone who represents old fashioned values...so come on Coleridge. Your name is being bandied about everywhere as someone to mend fences and build bridges.