Reading: initial reflections from the count

Well, no surprise, as befits a regional target with significant outside resources thrown at it, Labour now has an overall majority on Reading Borough Council.  Poor Reading.

I shall post in more detail later, but it has to be said that Labour’s behaviour at the count was thuggish and (on one occasion) violent.  The tone was set before most party workers had arrived, where in the ‘election management’ area at the centre of the hall, reserved for staff only, the Labour Agent was holding court in a place he should absolutely not have been.  I pointed this out to a council officer, who had him removed.  The Chronicle happened to overhear this.

2 Responses to Reading: initial reflections from the count

  1. Frank Little May 4, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    The impression we had on the ground in Neath Port Talbot was of a very professional, IT-based, campaign by Labour. It is going to be interesting to see how they apportion their expenses. We weren’t the only party to suffer. Plaid (Labour’s former coalition partners) were cut down severely and several independents were lost too.

  2. Anonymous May 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    As a Labour activist, I was obviously elated with our victory in Katesgrove. Nevertheless, I wish to express my feeling of unfairness for your party’s result in that ward. Janel seemed a very nice person who’d run a hard-fought campaign that tested us to the end, and she didn’t deserve to have to fight for second place against a Tory party that paid seemingly no heed to the ward, and seemed to only hand around a generic Reading Conservative leaflet in the final couple of days of the campaign.

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