A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, the Labour Party and Hackney - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.
My analysis of the local election results on 2 May: http://labourlist.org/2013/05/labours-election-scorecard-2013/
Just one by-election last night, in Sussex, with Independent and UKIP candidates present in 2011 but not this time, and their votes mainly going to the Tories:
My Progress column this week was about Baroness Thatcher: http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2013/04/11/labour-let-thatcher-happen/
By-elections in the last two weeks below. Solid Labour performances in marginal wards versus the LDs, but a Lib Dem recovery in other wards, good UKIP performances including a gain from the Tories in NE Lincs.
Labour has announced its lists of candidates for the European Parliament elections next year. There will now be an OMOV ballot of Party members in each region to rank the candidates. The sitting MEPs who are restanding will top each regional list.