UK Labour wiped out

June 6th, 2009 at 1:02 pm by David Farrar

The Party has lost control of the four remaining local Councils they had a majority on. This means there is not a single Council in England that has a Labour majority on it.

At this stage it looks like Labour got just 23% – 5% behind the Lib Dems on 28%. Labour lost 272 seats of the 445 it had left.

What this means is that there are 1,476 Conservative Councillors and only 159 Labour Councillors left in England. The Lib Dems have 473.

And to make it even worse for the near fatally wounded , another Minister has resigned, and her resignation letter is pointed:

Several of the women attending Cabinet – myself included – have been treated by you as little more than female window dressing.

I am not willing to attend Cabinet in a peripheral capacity any longer.

In my current role, you advised that I would attend Cabinet when Europe was on the agenda. I have only been invited once since October and not to a single political Cabinet – not even the one held a few weeks before the European elections.

Ouch.

Having worked hard during this campaign, I would not have been party to any plan to undermine you or the Labour Party in the run up to 4 June.

So I was extremely angry and disappointed to see newspapers briefed with invented stories of my involvement in a “Pugin Room plot”.

Time and time again I have stepped before the cameras to sincerely defend your reputation in the interests of the Labour Party and the Government as a whole. I am a natural party loyalist. Yet you have strained every sinew of that loyalty.

Strained every sinew of loyalty. And this is what your colleagues say!

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31 Responses to “UK Labour wiped out”

  1. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    And the mother country strikes back.

    London is NOT Britain. Looks like thats just been pointed out to a few people.

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  2. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    Could be the tipping point for the Lib Dems. All those many people who agree more with Lib Dem policies but feel like it’s a wasted vote might begin thinking otherwise.

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Um Ryan I think the conservatives having 5 times the lib dems is reasonably convincing.

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  4. Ryan Sproull (7,153 comments) says:

    Um Ryan I think the conservatives having 5 times the lib dems is reasonably convincing.

    I mean more as where the viable “left” vote goes in the UK, not for winning any elections.

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  5. TCrwdb (242 comments) says:

    Gordon Brown = dead man walking

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  6. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Come one Ryan Browns own mother wont be voting for him.

    Thats not a choice, thats a lack of options.

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  7. stuarts-burgers (96 comments) says:

    Twelve years from the Blair’s first victory to this. Cameron could almost sleep walk to victory .Who will be the next Messiah to do a Blair and lead the UK Labour Party out of the darkness this dour Scot has taken them into. Or should it be do we care if the UK Labour Party has been almost lead to extinction by this dour Scot.

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  8. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    The Labour party are going to be annihilated when the public finally get to vote. More than likely over half the Labour MP’s currently sitting in the house will be looking for new jobs come this time next year.

    The joys of FPP.

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  9. Jcw (95 comments) says:

    Brown always had an air of incompetence surrounding him.

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  10. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    I am with Ryan on this one
    You already have Labour 5 points behind the Lib Dems
    By the time of an election, it may be 8-10%
    Given the infighting will only get worse and last for years after such a terrible defeat despite Labour still maybe being second in terms of seats held.
    It will only be a matter of time before they slip to only a handful of seats.
    Is it possible for an old party to come back from that?
    Could this mean the permanent destruction of Labour as a major party to be replaced by the Lib Dems?

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  11. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    This is heading into Constitutional Crisis territory. The Queen must be seriously asking herself if Labour have the confidence of Parliament (let alone the population) to govern. I think she will be strongly hinting that a dissolution of Parliament is required. She knows that strong political leadership is required in these current economic times. While I am not a strong monarchist, these are times when this form of government comes into its own.

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  12. Neil (586 comments) says:

    What is fairly obvious is that Labour in its current form in the UK is in its dying days.
    When Labour gets booted out you will see the hard left make a big come back trying to enforce real Socialism on the UK. New Labour(read centrism) will effectively be dead.
    I remember the days of the 80’s when Labour in the UK had a succession of leaders from the left like Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock, who through their efforts and the loony left saw them virtually collapse.
    Look for the next 10 years of Labour being one fighting for its survival.
    The obvious options to happen are for a hard left Labour party,getting about 20% of the Labour vote, 50% of the Labour vote going to a splinter New Labour grouping and the rest going to the do nothing Lib Dems.
    I think that the Tories if and when they capture power will feel that backlash from the union movement, who will try to assume the power of the Labour party.
    History in British politics is being remade these days of June.

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  13. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    No doubt the unions will pick up the slack when labour fails in the polls, things are going to get interesting in the motherland, like Neil says history is being made.

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  14. Danyl Mclauchlan (1,069 comments) says:

    Aren’t you missing the real story here DPF? What is Phil Goff’s involvement in the UK expenses scandal? Has he talked to Brown? If so, when and for how long?

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  15. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    Would it be woderfull to see the same result next October in the Auckland Super City election.

    If the Vauxhal car plant closes they are really going to collapse.

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  16. Fairfacts Media (372 comments) says:

    The best is yet to come in the Euro Poll, whose results will be announced tomorrow.
    There, ZanuLiarbore could come 4th with UKIP also overtaking them.
    This is the poll where the BNP may gain seats.
    It is interesting to note, as I have over at Fairfacts Media and No Minister that not only is Brown an unelected PM, he has just appointed a few unelected people to his cabinet, who will get there via the House of Lords.
    The left aren’t doing too well at the moment.
    Liarbour is down in the latest Roy Morgan poll, Geert Wilders has done well in the Netherlands and the ObamaMessiah has gone from hero to zero in the latest Rassmussen poll.

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  17. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    Yeah no kidding about the BNP gaining seats, that’s scary stuff but to be expected when the government behaves in an extremist manner, you always create a more extreme opposition.

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  18. EverlastingFire (286 comments) says:

    I think the BNP will get between 1 – 3 seats. It will be good to have a more right wing party in the European parliament that actually cares about Britain and its future.

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  19. NX (504 comments) says:

    UK Labour’s current predicament is reminiscent of NZ Labour late last year. NZ Labour were at times over 20 points behind National – & come the general election the country turned blue. Even Labour strong holds like Westport & Auckland Central turned Blue.

    However there is a striking difference – not a single Labour MP publicly voiced dissatisfaction with Helen or Michael’s leadership – even after they were forced to vote to protect the corrupt fool Peters.

    Something like 10 UK Labour ministers have resigned due to the expense row and/or Brown’s leadership. Over 50 Labour MPs have put their name to an email asking Brown to resign.

    Now, this maybe gold for the opposition Conservative party but it is also healthy of UK Labour. It shows Labour MPs aren’t mindless automatons & are prepared to stand up for what they believe in. After all their futures as MPs may depend on it.

    My point is, how can we trust any Clark era Labour MP if they’re prepared to tolerate things like the 2005 overspend & Winston Peter’s obvious corruption??? By staying so stubbornly loyal to Clark in the short term – they’ve damaged Labour in the long term.

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  20. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    Yeah one problem Everlasting, they aren’t right wing they are extreme left with nationalist policy regarding immigration, everyone thinks they are right wing because they have been hammered with so much propaganda from the media.

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  21. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    Caroline Flint strikes me as extraordinarily two faced. Yesterday she was praising Brown, and expecting to get a cabinet promotion. She wasn’t promoted, and then let fly. Hell hath no fury …etc. What she really thinks we’ll probably never know, probably doesn’t herself.

    The BNP are a curious mix, but not one I would ever feel comfortable being associated with. Although they have toned down some of their more extreme rhetoric, they are still dangerously close to being outright racist, and economically they are partly sensible but far too protectionist. Typical “fortress Britain” policies. I think they have flourished as the Conservatives have moved more to the centre and soft left, and UKIP, although far more economically literate don’t as yet have any local aspirations or profile. They will probably do surprisingly well in the EU elections.

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  22. tvb (4,425 comments) says:

    Not quite wiped out unfortunately, they have a few (too many) seats. But now we all have to witness Brown going through his political death throws. He will twitch like an epileptic corpse and he tries initiative after initiative. He even thinks he can propose bold constitutional reform in a parliament that is probably the most rotten since the modern political settlement of equal votes for all.

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  23. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Friday was a cracking news day on Sky.

    The headline all day was “Brown Crisis”, it sounded like a underpants emergency. Lol.

    Then there was a procession of defections, condemnations, reshuffles, Sir Alan Sugar vignettes, Mandelson Moments, nascent coupe calls, denials and then massive currency volatility as fund managers and speculators played the markets amid uncertainty around UK government stability and US employments figures.

    Labour are well and truely f*cked.

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  24. EverlastingFire (286 comments) says:

    Ed – Their economic policies were a lot like how Britain was before joining the EU. They also want to rebuild trading relationships with the colonies – Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This would certainly be to our benefit. The immigration policies were about preservation of their culture, values and traditions. Ethnic Britons will be an ethnic minority in 50 years and the large majority of the immigrants are from third world countries. I don’t want to see the motherland become an Islamic republic.

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  25. emmess (1,428 comments) says:

    >>Their economic policies were a lot like how Britain was before joining the EU.

    Britain in the 70s was totally fucked

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  26. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Brown will hang on for grim death hopefully and consign Labour to the dustbin of History.

    We can then return to the natural parties of common sense, being the Whigs and Tories!

    Labour is a failed social experiment populated by chancers, idealists, and fraudsters!!

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  27. tvb (4,425 comments) says:

    I agree MaxG the elections were for a number of shires – mostly Tory but there are one or two Labour strongholds in the North where they also did badly – but not badly enough in my book. I want the final political destruction of the Labour Party and consign it to a political experiment of the 20th Century.

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  28. Flashman (184 comments) says:

    So we have Browny’s ZanuLabour dissolving into a rolling clusterf##k and the god-alone-knows-what-they-stand for Conservatives. Talk about Clayton’s choices in the mainstream!

    So this political debacle has to be a once in a century opportunity [plus given the economic and social conditions prevailing in Britain] for otherwise minor parties to get on the ball, refine and define their manifestos and polish their public presentations.

    And here I’m thinking specifically of the BNP.

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  29. Neil (586 comments) says:

    People saying approvings of the BNP should be very careful.
    They aren’t conservative, they are fascist populist.
    Remember the 20’s and 30’s in Germany when a small nondescript party started encouraging Germans to seek out their Germanic roots and blaming one section of society for their problems – the Jews.
    People started voting for them because what they said appealed to their inherent prejudices.
    In the UK today the BNP makes progress in the rust belts of North East England, where unemployment is highest and of course where there is an Indian/Pakistani/West Indian presence. The BNP doesn’t register in southern England, the social situation is quite different.
    Here in NZ we had parties like NZ First,although not fascist , blaming other races and groups for our problems.
    Hard economic times always brings out the fascist,rascist types.

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  30. Ed Snack (1,873 comments) says:

    The BNP seem to me to be almost a far left party, except for their overtly racist tone. One can be “for Britain” but not sound racist, if that’s the BNP’s intention they haven’t succeeded with their PR then. Economically, the more I read about their policies the worse they seem, it’s a very “old fashioned” industrial policy, and one that I suspect could not be practically realized short of a North Korean style retreat from the world. I think they feed on the concerns of the mostly white underclass, but don’t have a coherent set of policies to do something practical about them. They connect very viscerally at the race/culture boundary with these people, they are mining the disaffection that a significant group in the UK at least have with the multi-cultural mouthings of the political ruling class. It’s there to be exploited, pity that it is by someone as distasteful as the BNP.

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