Tories suf­fer two land­slide poll de­feats

The Scotsman - - News - Chris MeAD

tHe Con­ser­va­tives have crashed to land­slide de­feats in the lat­est coun­cil by-elec­tions.

Labour’s Diane todd gained at Heath Hayes east and Wim­ble­bury in Stafford­shire.

the swing to her party was more than 11 per cent over may’s coun­cil polls, which took place on the same day as the gen­eral elec­tion, when tories had scored a spec­tac­u­lar win in the lo­cal par­lia­men­tary con­stituency on a 14 per cent switch.

In an­other blow for the Con­ser­va­tives, Lib­eral Demo­crat rose­marie Hollinghurst won a sweep­ing vic­tory at Ald­bury and Wig­gin­ton in Hert­ford­shire.

Labour, mean­while, eas­ily de­fended a seat in Sh­effield, de­spite a big Lib Dem squeeze on the tory vote. Ukip boosted its vote share to come third ahead of the tories. It also came sec­ond at Burn­ham Church, South Buck­ing­hamshire.

Anal­y­sis of six com­pa­ra­ble re­sults in Au­gust sug­gests a pro­jected 2 per cent tory na­tion­wide lead over Labour.

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