Labour win Lib Dem seat at by-election

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LABOUR tightened their grip on Oxford City Council last night after a landslide victory in the Barton and Sandhills by-election.

Mike Rowley won the seat, previously held by the Liberal Democrats, with a majority of 503.

Labour now has 26 seats on the council, an overall majority of four.

The by-election was sparked by the resignation of Patrick Murray due to work commitments.

Results: Gavin BAYLIS (Liberal Democrat) - 334 Siddo DEVA (Conservative) - 86 Julia GASPER (UKIP) - 48 Mick MCANDREWS (Independent) - 42 Mike ROWLEY (Labour) - 837 Mary-Jane SAREVA (Green) - 119 Turn out - 27.5 per cent.

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10:54am Fri 22 Oct 10

Same old Tories, same old politics says...

The start of the slide into political obscurity for the traitors that are the Lib Dems. Good riddance!
The start of the slide into political obscurity for the traitors that are the Lib Dems. Good riddance! Same old Tories, same old politics
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11:07am Fri 22 Oct 10

Wallingford2 says...

I agree. This "coalition" is a joke as all policies are Tory and Lib Dems haven't got a look in at all. Big mistake by them and the end of respect for them for decades.
I agree. This "coalition" is a joke as all policies are Tory and Lib Dems haven't got a look in at all. Big mistake by them and the end of respect for them for decades. Wallingford2
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12:17pm Fri 22 Oct 10

Gotafeeling says...

Go on the reds!!!!!!
Go on the reds!!!!!! Gotafeeling
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12:29pm Fri 22 Oct 10

Niko Bellic says...

So farewell Gavin Bayliss,
Your Boss is,
A douche
So farewell Gavin Bayliss, Your Boss is, A douche Niko Bellic
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4:56pm Fri 22 Oct 10

rickenback says...

liberals"we didnt realise the extent off the debt"how can you set forward your policies..we expect it from the tories?the rich get richer,we "the tax payer"own the banks,now were all getin screwed ....
liberals"we didnt realise the extent off the debt"how can you set forward your policies..we expect it from the tories?the rich get richer,we "the tax payer"own the banks,now were all getin screwed .... rickenback
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5:32pm Fri 22 Oct 10

eatmygoal says...

Not surprising.
You don't con the voters on the scale the Lib Dems did and get away with it.
Not surprising. You don't con the voters on the scale the Lib Dems did and get away with it. eatmygoal
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9:35pm Fri 22 Oct 10

Peeter Mcvey says...

The trouble is that a lot of the Labour Councillors are £400,000 + home owners. Hardly the basis for a good caring, understanding council. And not really TRUE labour at all.
The trouble is that a lot of the Labour Councillors are £400,000 + home owners. Hardly the basis for a good caring, understanding council. And not really TRUE labour at all. Peeter Mcvey
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2:35am Sat 23 Oct 10

Scaramuccia says...

Peeter I often agree with your posts but cannot here. Having a house worth £400,000 does not preclude you from being 'true' Labour. I am Labour to the bones - as a small child went canvassing with my Grandfather for the then Labour Prime Minister but now I have, through the good fortune of an excellent state education, arrived at a place where I have a valuable house, a good job and children whose lives are a long way from the working class poverty I experienced but we are still 'true' Labour. You cannot judge people by what they have but by what they do and believe. As the Reverend Martin Luther King said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." I am surprised that someone I thought had good egalitarian values could maker the comment you did here _ I am sure it must be an oversight.
Peeter I often agree with your posts but cannot here. Having a house worth £400,000 does not preclude you from being 'true' Labour. I am Labour to the bones - as a small child went canvassing with my Grandfather for the then Labour Prime Minister but now I have, through the good fortune of an excellent state education, arrived at a place where I have a valuable house, a good job and children whose lives are a long way from the working class poverty I experienced but we are still 'true' Labour. You cannot judge people by what they have but by what they do and believe. As the Reverend Martin Luther King said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." I am surprised that someone I thought had good egalitarian values could maker the comment you did here _ I am sure it must be an oversight. Scaramuccia
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12:19pm Wed 27 Oct 10

Volterra says...

If we excluded the votes of public sector 'workers' immigrants and benefits claimants due to their vested interests; Labour would have finished bottom! Out of power for a generation! Equivalent to a consolation goal in the dying minutes of a 8 goal drubbing! Egalitarian values means taking away money that I've created to give it to someone who spent all day in pyjamas and calling this fairness? Utterly bonkers.
If we excluded the votes of public sector 'workers' immigrants and benefits claimants due to their vested interests; Labour would have finished bottom! Out of power for a generation! Equivalent to a consolation goal in the dying minutes of a 8 goal drubbing! Egalitarian values means taking away money that I've created to give it to someone who spent all day in pyjamas and calling this fairness? Utterly bonkers. Volterra
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12:30pm Wed 27 Oct 10

Volterra says...

13 years of champagne socialism (the worst variant of all) hardly did much for working class poverty, did it?
13 years of champagne socialism (the worst variant of all) hardly did much for working class poverty, did it? Volterra
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6:59pm Wed 27 Oct 10

Scaramuccia says...

Back that up with something more than prejudice Volterra - or will you just spout your usual neo-liberal 'I have the answer to all the country's ills - greed is good mantra'. Even if we discount your religious zeal for the Friedmanite cause you still sound stupid. One of the reasons Oxford votes Labour in its city council elections even when the rest of the country is not - is not the proportion of immigrants or chavs - it is the proportion of middle class intelligent thinkers. I know many such people and they vote Labour consistently - you will find that more of the so called 'vested interest' groups such as working class unemployed do not vote at all and many low skilled workers are the working class tories despised by their peers - they vote Tory because they think, in their victorian way that the toffs should be in charge e as they are the educated ones – doff your cap tug the forelock and look down – ‘we are not worthy’ !. I have met many such folk in my lifetime whole canvassing in places you would expect Labour to do well - you however in your fat cat cocoon have no such experience and speak only from your stereotypical biased prism. I bet you have never been in politics to see first hand how people actually speak on their doorsteps and at polling stations. Why should you, you have a new jag to play around in and are far too busy putting on bets for your ‘clients’ cheerybye old thing
Back that up with something more than prejudice Volterra - or will you just spout your usual neo-liberal 'I have the answer to all the country's ills - greed is good mantra'. Even if we discount your religious zeal for the Friedmanite cause you still sound stupid. One of the reasons Oxford votes Labour in its city council elections even when the rest of the country is not - is not the proportion of immigrants or chavs - it is the proportion of middle class intelligent thinkers. I know many such people and they vote Labour consistently - you will find that more of the so called 'vested interest' groups such as working class unemployed do not vote at all and many low skilled workers are the working class tories despised by their peers - they vote Tory because they think, in their victorian way that the toffs should be in charge e as they are the educated ones – doff your cap tug the forelock and look down – ‘we are not worthy’ !. I have met many such folk in my lifetime whole canvassing in places you would expect Labour to do well - you however in your fat cat cocoon have no such experience and speak only from your stereotypical biased prism. I bet you have never been in politics to see first hand how people actually speak on their doorsteps and at polling stations. Why should you, you have a new jag to play around in and are far too busy putting on bets for your ‘clients’ cheerybye old thing Scaramuccia
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8:25pm Wed 27 Oct 10

Volterra says...

Do you mean public sector "managers." Turkeys are hardly likely to vote for Christmas are they? University academics also have rather cliched liberal tendencies especially those in arts and social science fields. Whilst they may a degree of intelligence (although highly unaccountable - the "benefit" of the tenure system) they are more deserving of the ivory tower label than even I.
Do you mean public sector "managers." Turkeys are hardly likely to vote for Christmas are they? University academics also have rather cliched liberal tendencies especially those in arts and social science fields. Whilst they may a degree of intelligence (although highly unaccountable - the "benefit" of the tenure system) they are more deserving of the ivory tower label than even I. Volterra
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11:22am Thu 28 Oct 10

Scaramuccia says...

There are many intelligent people living and working in Oxford who have no current conenction with academia. the two universities employ but a small handful of the Oxford city electorate. perhaps you needd to wioden your cirlce of friends to include a more diverse group which would gice you a better persepctive on reality dear boy The students who attend both institutions perhaps do make up a good part of somne wards but to be honest the days of left wing militiant youth are far behind us and there is very little campaignign these days. Centre parties or apathy are more the order of the day. You continue to denigrate people in the arts and social sciences who are actually very clever people - your bias towards the hard and numerical sujects is based on your prejudice and dare I say ignorace of the current status quo in academia. Whist you peddle this nonsene the market price of your credibility continues to tumble in a manner reminiscent of shares during the great Wall St crash or London 1987, when in fact a large portion of my portfolio was dimished just before the purchase of my business. I got over it and found fulfilment eventually in the public sector before your lot came in to wreck - byzie bye V
There are many intelligent people living and working in Oxford who have no current conenction with academia. the two universities employ but a small handful of the Oxford city electorate. perhaps you needd to wioden your cirlce of friends to include a more diverse group which would gice you a better persepctive on reality dear boy The students who attend both institutions perhaps do make up a good part of somne wards but to be honest the days of left wing militiant youth are far behind us and there is very little campaignign these days. Centre parties or apathy are more the order of the day. You continue to denigrate people in the arts and social sciences who are actually very clever people - your bias towards the hard and numerical sujects is based on your prejudice and dare I say ignorace of the current status quo in academia. Whist you peddle this nonsene the market price of your credibility continues to tumble in a manner reminiscent of shares during the great Wall St crash or London 1987, when in fact a large portion of my portfolio was dimished just before the purchase of my business. I got over it and found fulfilment eventually in the public sector before your lot came in to wreck - byzie bye V Scaramuccia
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12:50pm Thu 28 Oct 10

Volterra says...

Dare I suggest your antipathy toawrds me and my brethren is not motivatde out of ideological differences but from the bitter experience of having lost your shirt? Whilst I do not rejoice in anyone getting their fingers burned, I can say that a proper hedging strategy would have seen you ride out the storm. :-) I do not denigrate the arts and social sciences entirely, merely the political & economic views held by most connected to these fields. They are welcome to offer these courses at universities and students are welcome to study them. HOWEVER, do not expect to be subsidised from either my taxes or the taxes of the binmen of this world. It's just not cricket.
Dare I suggest your antipathy toawrds me and my brethren is not motivatde out of ideological differences but from the bitter experience of having lost your shirt? Whilst I do not rejoice in anyone getting their fingers burned, I can say that a proper hedging strategy would have seen you ride out the storm. :-) I do not denigrate the arts and social sciences entirely, merely the political & economic views held by most connected to these fields. They are welcome to offer these courses at universities and students are welcome to study them. HOWEVER, do not expect to be subsidised from either my taxes or the taxes of the binmen of this world. It's just not cricket. Volterra
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1:27pm Thu 28 Oct 10

Scaramuccia says...

Mixing metaphors will get you in trouble old thing. You constantly stereotype everyone through your very narrow view of life and the world and I genuinely DO pity you and your lack of humanity believe me. My antipathy to you and your sort long predates the 25% fall in the value of my share portfolio at a time when I was buying a business but I did not lose my shirt - just had to have a higher gearing than I inteneded to in 88 just before your lot caused what was then the biggest recession post crash. Funny that it was actually the second Tory recession of that govenment but of course at THAT time it wasn't any economic mismanagment - OH NO ! the Tories and those of your mentaililty said "not me guv - its global you see" funny how when the other lot were in charge in a recession it WAS all their fault and their economic mismanagement ? Anyways good job I didnt have to borrow too much more as when that clearly very clever chancellor Lawson ? ( not like the bungling fool Brown of course) raised base rates to 15% and I had a business mortgate at 2% above it with the robbing bank of scotland we may well have lost home shirt etc but we rode it through with my excellent stewardship and the teaching of my MSc Management professors helped me a lot. Sold up for a nice profit mid 90's and left the rat race behind - only to see the vermin come back and try to destroy so much of what makes this country a good place to live. Still we soldier on eh? This is a blip and at the next election in a two horse race (Lib dems are shafted and may not even survive as a party) we will have brighter times ahead. Ciao Bello!
Mixing metaphors will get you in trouble old thing. You constantly stereotype everyone through your very narrow view of life and the world and I genuinely DO pity you and your lack of humanity believe me. My antipathy to you and your sort long predates the 25% fall in the value of my share portfolio at a time when I was buying a business but I did not lose my shirt - just had to have a higher gearing than I inteneded to in 88 just before your lot caused what was then the biggest recession post crash. Funny that it was actually the second Tory recession of that govenment but of course at THAT time it wasn't any economic mismanagment - OH NO ! the Tories and those of your mentaililty said "not me guv - its global you see" funny how when the other lot were in charge in a recession it WAS all their fault and their economic mismanagement ? Anyways good job I didnt have to borrow too much more as when that clearly very clever chancellor Lawson ? ( not like the bungling fool Brown of course) raised base rates to 15% and I had a business mortgate at 2% above it with the robbing bank of scotland we may well have lost home shirt etc but we rode it through with my excellent stewardship and the teaching of my MSc Management professors helped me a lot. Sold up for a nice profit mid 90's and left the rat race behind - only to see the vermin come back and try to destroy so much of what makes this country a good place to live. Still we soldier on eh? This is a blip and at the next election in a two horse race (Lib dems are shafted and may not even survive as a party) we will have brighter times ahead. Ciao Bello! Scaramuccia
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8:06pm Thu 28 Oct 10

Volterra says...

Just a few words:

1/I am glad you pulled it together in the end. Despite our differences I have no malice or schadenfreude towards you.

2/Compare the metrics of the late 80s/early 90s recessions versus that of late. There really is no contest.

3/Lawson was a highly competent Chancellor. By any objective measure Brown is the worst since 1945 and very possibly the worst of the 20th Century.

4/You are as guilty of stereotyping as much as I am.
Just a few words: 1/I am glad you pulled it together in the end. Despite our differences I have no malice or schadenfreude towards you. 2/Compare the metrics of the late 80s/early 90s recessions versus that of late. There really is no contest. 3/Lawson was a highly competent Chancellor. By any objective measure Brown is the worst since 1945 and very possibly the worst of the 20th Century. 4/You are as guilty of stereotyping as much as I am. Volterra
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