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Final local election results

I was a bit wrong in my premature analysis, it would seem:

The SNP did rather better than I thought, as did the Tories. Labour still did a lot better than everyone was expecting, though. Apart from the Scottish situation (which was hardly a disaster, even if the SNP do have one more seat than them), they’ve got off lightly. They should all be breathing a big sigh of relief. (Good Scottish elections analysis at The Select Society, by the by.)

(Image stolen and swiftly spliced together from the BBC’s three maps of the English, Welsh and Scottish results. For non-Brits, red is Labour, blue Tory, orange Lib Dem, yellow the Scottish National Party, green the Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru, and black is no overall control.)

5 Comments

  1. I'm not entirely convinced that the map is right:

    I think you've picked up the Scottish Parliament results for the Scottish part. As far as I know Argyll & Bute has no overall control for the council, whereas the parliament seat was won by the SNP (which you seem to have picked up).

    The Scotish (huh? strange spelling at the BBC?) Councils map looks quite black

  2. Armin – yep, the Scottish one’s the constituency map (the Welsh bit’s also constituencies). The council map for Scotland would be almost entirely black, as so far 26 out of 32 councils are in no overall control, with two left to declare – only two councils are, so far, held by a party with a majority – Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, both Labour holds.

  3. Aren't you comparing Apples with Oranges then, as the English map is councils?

    I don't know how this looks in the wider population, but if I was able to vote in the general election I would have voted differently than in the local elections. Something which at least to an extent seems to also have happened in the Scottish council elections (or does the large number of independent candidates play a role here? Or some other reason?).

  4. Two reasons:

    1) The Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly are, by my reckoning, little more than grandiose county councils – a proper general election elects MPs for Westminster, where all the real work still gets done. (Scotland’s parliament may have powers over home affairs, but still – the majority of things are still decided in Westminster.) Hence treating them as rough equivalents. You’re entirely right on the different voting patterns in Scotland between council and parliament, of course, but still – the only point of these kinds of maps is for everyone to look at them and go “ooooh! Party X isn’t doing very well” (which is, of course, always a nonsense, as Labour tends to do better in urban constituencies/wards, which barely show up on these things…)

    2) The BBC didn’t have a council map for Wales up, and the council map for Scotland was just black, which wasn’t overly pretty. Not wanting to be accused of being Anglo-centric, I ran with what I could get…

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