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Ray
12 Jun 04,, 06:17
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LABOUR 'GET A KICKING' IN LOCAL ELECTIONS
Jun 11 2004
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Home Secretary David Blunkett today admitted he was "mortified" after Labour's worst showing at local elections in living memory.
And Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott admitted that Labour had been "given a kicking."
Mr Blunkett said he blamed the Iraq war for "damaging" the Labour vote which saw the party plunged to third place in the polling.
According to a BBC projection, the Conservatives registered 38% of votes cast yesterday, with the Liberal Democrats moving to second with 30%, ahead of Labour on 26%.
With results from 80 of 166 authorities in, Labour had lost 209 councillors and controlled seven fewer councils.
The Tories had gained 103 seats as well as taking control of seven more authorities, including Trafford.
Newcastle fell from Labour hands to the Lib Dems today, ending 30 years of Labour rule and sending tremors around*North East constituencies which spawned New Labour architects Peter Mandelson, Alan Milburn, Stephen Byers, David Miliband and Tony Blair himself.
The Lib Dems had previously gained 81 extra seats around the country.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, Mr Blunkett insisted Mr Blair's position as leader was safe, but acknowledged that the war in Iraq had "split" the party.
"I'm mortified that we're not doing better than we have done," he said.
"We know it's been a bad night ... but not meltdown - no take off for the Conservatives."
Despite the huge losses, the Prime Minister dismissed the results last night and said there was no threat from the other parties.
Speaking as he left the G8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia, Mr Blair argued: "I have not noticed any big arguments coming back from any of the other parties.
While Labour suffered in the local polls, the Tories are likely to be dealt a body blow in the European elections.
Leader Michael Howard was bracing himself for a surge in votes for the far-right United Kingdom Independence Party, fronted by shamed TV presenter Robert Kilroy Silk.
The results, due on Sunday, could leave the Tories floundering behind a group who want Britain out of the European Union. A senior Tory source said: "We think the local elections will be fine, London will be close but Sunday might be difficult."
Despite the huge losses, Labour chiefs are confident they will be on course for a third general election victory.
Mr Blair is planning a rallying cry to MPs on Monday to insist it is business as usual once the dust settles.
A BBC poll last night revealed Mr Blair's personal ratings were falling. Only 39 per cent of people said he was trustworthy, compared with 51 per cent last year.
But on the economy Labour was holding up well. The same number as last year - 47 per cent - said the party could be trusted to run Britain's finances.
In the race for London mayor, polls last night put Labour's Ken Livingstone and Tory challenger Steve Norris neck and neck in a closer-than-expected contest. The results are due this evening.
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Confed999
12 Jun 04,, 23:00
As long as they don't talk politics, they're all welcome over here.

Ray
13 Jun 04,, 22:00
BBC says the even the Italian PM is up a gum tree in the local elections as was Blair.

So is Chirac.

Both on the exterme ends of the spectrum.

Whats up? No one is happy?

How can we make all happy?

Hawk_eye
17 Jun 04,, 01:10
Yes, it was fun watching BBC world, the election results just show how badly Mr Blair's charm and Charisma have been battered by the effects of the War in iraq... But i am ashamed that the conservative part didnt win more seats... As far the the UKIP is concerned i read their manifesto on thier website, frankly very disturbing... Thses guys dont understand anything about economics and the benifits of the EUROZONE.

Leader
17 Jun 04,, 01:26
BBC says the even the Italian PM is up a gum tree in the local elections as was Blair.

So is Chirac.

Both on the exterme ends of the spectrum.

Whats up? No one is happy?

How can we make all happy?

I think they can't figure out why socialism is failing them. All of Europe, except England, has double digit unemployment. So they are blaming the people in power for the failure of the system.

Aryan
17 Jun 04,, 02:08
I used my vote, but I don't know who the hell for, my girlfriend voted for me.

Hawk_eye
17 Jun 04,, 03:18
I used my vote, but I don't know who the hell for, my girlfriend voted for me.

LOL...Talk about womens rights, and dontworry aryan you dont have to tell anyone who you voted for, its your own personal choice and it is illegal for someone to intimidate or force you to vote for a particular party or to ask you who you voted for . :)