Media 56: PR rampant in Wales: ‘Tories on the rise’ (BBC), UKIP set to surge (Times). Wrong-footed by latest by-election result?

Yesterday Boris Johnson said the Conservatives are “on the rise” in Wales ahead of May’s assembly election. The Mayor of London spent Tuesday campaigning in Wales, visiting Newport, Cardiff and Brecon, Powys.

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The Times (aka the Stirrer) reported that UKIP will surge to election success in Wales as Labour risks losing its control of the nation’s assembly, according to a YouGov poll. Neil Hamilton predicted that his party would beat Plaid Cymru and hold the balance of power in Wales, with a breakthrough in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where they expect their first representatives to be elected.

Were they aware of the recent Caerphilly (Moriah Ward) result?

Labour         464         [55.7%; +8.6%]
Independent 196         [23.5%; +23.5%]
Independent   89         [10.7%; +10.7%]
UKIP             77          [9.2%; +9.2%]
Conservative   7          [0.8%; +0.8%]

Though a Conservative spokesman claimed that the party had “established an important bridgehead” by standing in a ward it has previously not contested, David Harse held the seat for Labour with 464 votes — an 8.6% swing to the party and more than 250 votes clear of the second-placed candidate.

luke jamesTory candidate Nigel Godfrey polled only seven votes in council election – 0.8% of the 833 votes cast at the by-election in Caerphilly’s Moriah ward on Thursday. The Tories’ performance was highlighted on social media and may not bode well for the party ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections. Steve Beauchampé drew our attention to this news in an article by Luke James (above, left), who sees this result as ‘a humiliating setback’ to the Conservatives’ Welsh election campaign.

We shall see.

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Posted on April 7, 2016, in Media, Parliamentary failure, Politics, Propaganda, Public relations, Secret State, Taxpayers' money, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Tories really are an unattractive bunch. I mean – would any of us put our trust in the two men in the photo below? Reminds me of a photo of Nixon (I think in the NY Times) during Watergate, with the caption ‘Would you buy a used car from this man?’
    The candidates who really interest me are the Independents who came second and third, and who between them took 44 per cent of the vote. What policies were they offering that completely wiped out the right wing? And is that something Welsh Labour is looking at?
    But well done Labour – keep it up!

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