Fourth place for TUSC, ahead of the Tories and UKIP, in Lambeth council by-election
THURSDAY 25th July saw a council by-election in the Tulse Hill ward of the south London borough of Lambeth.
Labour retained the seat with 69% of the vote, increasing the gap between them and the Liberal Democrats (on 12%), whose vote share fell from 28% at the last full council elections in May 2010.
Third place on Thursday went to the Greens with 177 votes (7.7%) - but this didn't represent an increase in their support.
In 2010 they had also come in third, with 759 votes (on a far higher turnout) and a 12% share.
In fourth place after the Greens came the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate, Steve Nally, with 3.3% of the vote.
This is a modest score, of course, but it still put TUSC ahead of the Conservatives and UKIP and two other candidates.
In fact, TUSC has outperformed UKIP in the three inner-city London council by-elections it has contested this year.
In by-elections elsewhere on the same day, which TUSC didn't contest, the Tories won a Lib Dem seat in Kingston, the Lib Dems won a Labour seat in Sefton on Merseyside, and the Conservatives lost a couple of seats in Somerset (while a Labour candidate in Essex polled 38 votes, 3.7%).
But in Lambeth, at least, more was on offer than a reshuffling of the same cards in the austerity pack.
July 25 - Lambeth council, Tulse Hill ward:
Labour 1,575; Liberal Democrats 277; Green 177; TUSC 76 (3.3%); Conservatives 74; UKIP 64; Independent 20; SPGB 11
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