So who do you think you are kidding Mr. Salmond?

Last night, Labour candidate Willie Bain was elected as MP for Glasgow North East, seeing of an SNP challenge and gaining a comfortable majorityof over 8,000. Results show a 1.89’% swing to Labour, while the SNP vote decreased. The Tories came third, beating earlier predictions that the BNP would gain third place after the SNP. As for the Liberals? Couldn’t even manage the thousand mark!

Predictably, the SNP are in retreat, having conceded that they wouldn’t be able to repeat Glasgow East. Not so cocky now? Hardly surprising.

Fantastic result, and many congratulations to all the activists, organisers and of course, Bain himself. Better get working on the maiden speech!


Fash well and truely trashed in Barnsley


BNP owned in Barnsley.

The BNP, having got just a little bit cocky, had targeted Barnsley as a potential win. Obviously, they’d thrown all of their possible resources into winning this seat.

They failed, and quite substantially.

Full result:

Labour 1520
BNP 590
Independent 171
Tory 89
Lib Dem 78

Lab majority 930.

And the fash well and truely trashed.

Barnsley said “NOT IN OUR NAME”, for which I’m proud. And congratulations to all the hardworking activists, councillors and organisations who helped to defeat the BNP and gain another Labour win.

Breaking news: Labour win Heworth ward, York.

Literally just got this one through – Labour have won in Heworth ward, York.

Full results:

Labour 876

Lib Dem 608

Conservative 591

Green 302

BNP 192

Monster Raving Loony 25

Congratulations to Labour in York and all involved on the doorsteps of York, looks like the Lib Dems put up a hefty challenge. Congratulations are definately in order!

Why we're Labour.

Labour's job fund commitment.

Once again, I am playing catch-up with the rest of the blogosphere on Labour’s latest announced scheme, but better late than never!

The Attleeite in me was rejoicing today at the news that Labour is to announce job creation, up to 150,000 new jobs for young people and the long-term unemployed, funded by the Future Jobs Fund.

Yvette Cooper vowed that the Labour government would not let young people or the long term unemployed get left behind after the recession passes, as has previously occured in the 80s and 90s (note: the Tories believed unemployment was a price worth paying in order to balance the books – not exactly unsimilar to Cameron’s current stance, although he won’t specify what the price we have to pay under the Tories will really be!). Sadly, this announcement hasn’t seen much coverage, just a sidebar mention on the BBC website – despite being a scheme that doesn’t consign an entire generation to the dole queue and poverty with no way out!

The Tories short term cuts may balance the books, but they will deep root yet more social problems and instill isolation and resentment in many communities – why? Because if a service that one person considers wasteful, you are actually cutting off a vital service that communities rely on. Testament to this is the situation in my own village – thousands of students are denied the oppertunity to go to one of the best colleges in the country because the planned bus link to Norwich (instigated by the Labour council) was cut when the Tories took control of the council. The bus service would also be vital for commuters who can’t reach the nearest train station (which is nearly 3 miles away). If these are the kind of cuts we are going to see from the Tories, then I fear for the next generation. The Tories do not, and have never seen that balancing books at the expense of ordinary people will only create more problems than they solve. I don’t like scaremongering, but I have seen the damage Tory cuts can do first hand.

It appears that today’s Labour job scheme announcement has brought out the rabid Attleeite democratic socialist in me, as one can probably see from my rants above. Normal moderate leftism will resume tomorrow (unless the Tories decide to talk about public spending again – then expect another diatribe!)

Returning to the blogsphere

I realised recently that my last post to a Labour blog was in July 2007, and concerned with Boris Johnson as the Conservative London Mayoral candidate. Sadly, we all know what happened there.

Since early 2008, I have brought my membership of the Labour Party into question on several occassions. This has mainly been due to disagreement with the party’s direction and calling into question some of our responses to the current financial crisis. I will not detail them now, as my complaints have decreased in relevency over the past few months. Yes, my beliefs have been tested extensively by the responses the Labour Government have provided as to the crisis – being to the left of practically any solution New Labour provides, I will always be fairly critical. So, often I would wonder whether there was any point being in the party at all!

Despite my complaints and criticisms of party direction, I realise that the Labour Party have been, and remain the political party that allies most with my personal views and ideology. I am not expected to agree with the party completely, no-one is. I would say that I agree with policy 90% of the time. However, I remain a loyalist to Labour, if not to the government.

I’m glad to have the blog back up and running, and I’ll try (I say try) to keep it as up-to-date as possible!