Curiously not this week.
There may be reasons:
1. Harwich West Ward of Tendring District Council
This what the ALDC reckoned in advance:
We have a good chance of winning this seat. We are fighting this election and we will have many leaflets to go out. We shall be canvassing and phone canvassing. If you can help in the by election, then this will be great. There are four candidates, Lib Dem, Conservative, Labour and Community Reps standing. This is a two member ward on the edge of Harwich, easy access to the A120 and A12, 25 minutes from Colchester.
And this is what came out:
Labour: 282 (elected)
Community Representatives Party: 163
2. Evelyn Ward, Lewisham London Borough Council
Labour: 978 (elected)
Lewisham People before Profit: 404
3. Parson Drove and Wisbech St Mary. Fenland District Council
Tory: 384 (elected)
English Democrats: 33
OK, OK … trivial stuff
Undoubtedly so in this world of woe.
And yet, in the shrubberies, something rustles.
The party positions in London deserve some real attention. Last week Labour stuffed everyone in sight with two run-away canters in two Islington wards. In one, St George’s Labour was up 38½%, LibDems down 28%, Tories scraping the barrel, down 6% to a risible 3.7%. Similarly, in Junction ward Labour was up 21½%, LibDems down 25%, where the previous councillor was a lapsed LibDem, — with a fair showing from a Green candidate second placed on 17½%. What makes Islington all the more intriguing is that LibDems controlled the council until 2006 _ and were the largest party until the latest Borough-wide election. LibDems now have just a dozen seats to Labour’s three dozen.
The gilt is definitely off, and the guilt all over the gingerbread. Even the troops are restless: witness Stephen Tall’s J’accuse on LibDemVoice:
Nick Clegg’s illiberal hat-trick: now immigration joins ‘secret courts’ and media regulation on the pyre
Not without reason, across the Borough boundary from Islington, Labour in Hornsey are taking seriously the all-woman shortlist for what looks increasingly like the next MP for the constituency. And Mrs Featherstone is equally frisky — the output of the ever-busy LibDem press-mill continues apace.