Moon Of Liberty Elections – Local by Elections 9th March 2017

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Local by Elections

9th March Local by Election round-up

This weeks seven by Elections continued the general trends we have seen. The Tories had a very good night on the whole, their gain from Labour in Waltham Cross, Broxbourne was the third week in a row they had made a gain from Labour. Victory in Derwent in Derby shows continued strength in a marginal area of North Derby and although the gain was technically from UKIP due to this being a rolling ward that elects 3 members over 3 years, Labour won the ward in 2015 & 2016 so was as god as another victory against Labour as well.

The Lib Dems got one excellent gain from the Tories in West Oxfordshire but there was not huge progress anywhere else, once again showing the limitations to their improvement. They are still polling well enough for a 20% plus projected share though on what was a decent night for them.The story is less rosy for UKIP and Labour for whom this weeks results will heap more misery continuing the string of poor results. UKIP’s share was down everywhere, Labour’s was down everywhere except Harrow, which shows again London is performing in a more positive way for Labour than everywhere else in the country.

This week sees the Tories UK projected share lead over Labour increase to 6%. UKIP are now below 7% and the Lib Dems are down a bit but still above 20% on 20.4%. All the most recent numbers can be found here.

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MOON OF LIBERTY ELECTION SCOREBOARD

Local by Election Results – 9th March 2017

Hailey, Minster Lovell & Leafield (W Oxfordshire) LD 567 Con 504 Lab 71 UKIP 38 Green 35LD GAIN FROM CONSwing (May 2016) Con-LD 15.1%

Roxbourne (Harrow)Lab 1554 Con 533 LD 240 UKIP 148Lab HoldSwing (May 2014) Con-Lab 7.1%

Hertford Castle (East Hertfordshire) Con 593 Lab 207 LD 188 Green 154 UKIP 65Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Lab-Con 5.5%

Exton (Rutland) Con 238 LD 123 UKIP 39Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 2.5%

Red Horse (Straford Upon Avon)Con 476 LD 266 UKIP 92 Green 58Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 14.6%

Derwent (Derby)Con 789 Lab 611 UKIP 537 LD 192CON GAIN FROM UKIP Swing (May 2016) UKIP-Con 2.7%

Waltham Cross (Broxbourne) Con 650 Lab 646 UKIP 200 LD 89CON GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 5.6%

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Moon Of Liberty Elections – Local By Elections round-up

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Local By Elections 02/02/2017

Mixed bag of results may provide pointers to Parliamentary by elections to come

This week saw three by elections with very different scenarios all producing very different results. In East Staffordshire the Conservatives held their seat with a swing to them against Labour outperforming their General election day position in line with current opinion polls. The two by elections in Rotherham also had differing scenarios. The Dinnington ward had UKIP defending a seat against Labour which they lost. The other in the Brimsworth & Catcliffe ward was a Labour defence with UKIP in a distant second place last time. However in the same vain as we saw in a seat in Sunderland a few weeks ago, the Liberal Democrats came through from nowhere to take this seat on a huge swing

Looking ahead these trends may give some pointers to the upcoming Parliamentary by elections in Copeland and Stoke On Trent. Regarding Copeland, The result in East Staffordshire is another example of where it is a Tory verses Labour battle, in most cases the Tories have been winning. This may bode well for a Tory gain in Copeland. As for Stoke, good and bad news for Labour, clearly UKIP are struggling to make an impact which if this trend continues, suggests a UKIP gain in Stoke is unlikely, however, where Labour have the seat but UKIP are second, these are the conditions for the Liberal Democrats to take advantage. On a higher Parliamentary by election turnout this may not prove to be the case, but the warning is definitely there from both Rotherham and Sunderland before it. As ever all the caveats in translating lower turnout local contests with parliamentary by elections apply.

The current projected national share sees the Conservative lead over Labour currently 7.4% with the Lib Dems closing into just 4.2% behind Labour for second place as a result of their huge win. All the current numbers can be found here. This weeks by election numbers are below.

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By Election Results

Local By Elections 02/02/2017

Town (East Staffs) – Con 627 Lab 359 UKIP 214Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Lab-Con 1.3%

Dinnington (Rotherham)Lab 670 UKIP 303 Con 238 Ind 232 Ind 180 Ind 81 Green 78 LD 75LAB GAIN FROM UKIPSwing (May 2016) UKIP-Lab 9.3%

Brinsworth & Catcliffe (Rotherham)LD 2000 Lab 519 UKIP 389 Con 91 Green 30LD GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-LD 38.3%

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Moon Of Liberty Polling – ICM

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Polling Update

ICM Poll 23/01/2017

New record low seat projection for Labour as position in the North gets worse

ICM’s new poll not only confirms recent trends suggesting a Tory majority of 100 plus but records a record low seat projection for Labour of just 145, the first time it has dipped below 150. On Voting intention the Tory share stays steady but the lead is up 2% due to Labour falling to 28% with slight 1% increases for the Lib Dems and UKIP. Labour’s big problem is their position in the North of England where the swing against the last General Election was 11.5%. In Yorkshire it was 8%. These regions under the new boundaries have the most seats for Labour to lose and it is there they are being hit the hardest.

The seat projection would give the Tories a majority of 142, the highest recorded since I began calculating on the new boundaries. While this may prove to be a one off, it suggests polling margin of error has shifted in the Tory direction again. Even if this is the new outlier, it shifts the averages further away from Labour and makes the mountain they already had to climb even bigger. It should also be said for many who are involved in or know about polling, ICM one of if not the most respected pollster.

The current Tory average voting intention lead moves up to 12.6% and their average seat projected majority is up from 124 to 128 on the back of this poll.All the up to date figures can be found here.

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MOON OF LIBERTY POLL SCOREBOARD

ICM Poll (23/01/2017)

Voting Intention

Con 42% Lab 26% UKIP 13% LD 10% Green 5% – Con lead 16%

Regional Based Seat Projection

Con 377 Lab 145 LD 8 SNP47 Plaid Cymru 3 UKIP 1 Green 1 Northern Ireland 18

Con Majority of 142

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Moon Of Liberty Polling – Survation & Opinium

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Opinium & Survation show a similar picture

Opinion polls have been released over the weekend by Survation and Opinium. Both show a similar picture on the voting intention. Opinium has the Conservative Party 8% ahead of Labour with Survation showing 10%. The reason for the lower leads than we have recently seen with YouGov and ICM is also similar in both have Labour in a better position in Scotland, indeed Survaton shows Labour ahead of the Tories in Scotland, sadly for Labour however, due to continued SNP strength, this is worth little in terms of seats.

Opinium only breaks down England, Scotland and Wales therefore I can not produce a seat projection like for like against the others as this requires regional English breakdown which Opinium do not provide. Survation shows a similar issue to ICM and YouGov in collapsing Labour support in the North and Yorkshire. As a result despite showing a 5% lower lead than the recent YouGov poll the Tories projected majority is almost identical (98 against 96 for YouGov.)

The changes reduce the Tories voting Intention average lead to 11.7% and the average projected Tory majority of all latest polls within the last three months (Based on regional breakdowns reduces from 120 to 112. This figure is for the new projected boundaries based on the boundary commission’s initial proposals. All the up to date figures can be found here 

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MOON OF LIBERTY POLL SCOREBOARD

Opinium Poll (13/01/2017)

Voting Intention

 Con 38% Lab 30% UKIP 14% LD 7% Green 3% – Con lead 8%

Survation Poll (14/01/2017)

Voting Intention

Con 39% Lab 29% UKIP 13% LD 10% Green 2% – Con lead 10%

Regional Seat Projection

Con 349 Lab 176 LD 5 SNP48 Plaid Cymru 3 UKIP 1 Green 1 Northern Ireland 18

Con Majority of 98

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Moon Of Liberty Elections – by elections 12th Jan 2017

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Local by Elections 12 Jan 2017

Lib Dems kick off the year with two big gains

The Liberal Democrats were the big winners from the first set of local council by elections on 2017. They scored a spectacular victory in Sunderland where they only got 4% of the vote back in May to gain what looked a safe Labour seat with a swing of 37.4%. They also made a gain from the Conservative’s in Three Rivers. This was less of a shock as the Tory Councillor being replaced had won in 2015 and this multi member ward had been won by the Liberal Democrats in 2016, so the gain was not as much of a surprise, but will add to their momentum and it also gives them overall control of Three Rivers Council. The wins take the Lib Dem projected share for local by elections above 21% and if these trends continue they may overtake Labour before too long All the current numbers for polling and by elections can be found here. The results for this weeks by elections in full are below.

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MOON OF LIBERTY ELECTION SCOREBOARD

Local by elections 12/01

Sandhill (Sunderland)LD 824 Lab 458 UKIP 343 Con 184 Green 23LD GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-LD 35.7%

Gade Valley (Three Rivers)LD 626 Con 196 Lab 119 UKIP 45 Green 18LD GAIN FROM CONSwing (May 2016) Con-LD 2,7%

Projected national UK share (Based on the last 20 local by elections fought by each party)

Con 35.3% Lab 26.9% LD 21.8% UKIP 8.1% SNP 4.4% Green 1.5% – Con lead 8.4%

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Moon Of Liberty Polling – ICM Con lead by 14% & Cardiff Uni Welsh Poll

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POLLING

Conservative’s keep 14% lead in first ICM 2017 poll

ICM have released the first poll of 2017 with fieldwork having been done in the New Year and the Conservatives maintain a 14% lead over Labour with the Lib Dems, who had a post Richmond by election bounce last time, down 2% back into single figures. Despite a similar lead over Labour to the YouGov poll the regional breakdown sees a bigger meltdown in the North West and in Yorkshire for Labour, which would see them lose more seats handing the Tories a bigger majority of 142. The SNP are on 42% in Scotland, considerably less than YouGov recorded.It means the Tory average lead is 14.5% and the projected Tory majority increases to 120. All the up to date figures can be found here

Cardiff University Welsh Poll

Cardiff University have released a Wales only poll. The Westminster voting intention sees Labour lead by 5% in Wales, they won by 10 at the 2015 General Election so the move to the Conservatives would see the Tories gain four seats that are notionally Labour on the new boundaries.Full details including Welsh Assembly polling can be found at the Cardiff University website here

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MOON OF LIBERTY POLL SCOREBOARD

ICM Poll (09/01/2017)

Voting Intention

Con 42% Lab 28% UKIP 12% LD 9% Green 4% – Con Lead 14%

Regional Breakdown Seat Projection

YouGov (01/01/2017) – Con 371 Lab 165 LD 7 SNP45 Plaid Cymru 3 UKIP 2 Green 1 Northern Ireland 18

Con Majority of 142

Cardiff University Poll (Wales Only)

Westminster Voting Intention

Lab 33% Con 28% UKIP 13% Plaid Cymru 13% LD 9%Labour lead 5%

Represents a swing of 2.5% from Lab to Con in Wales against May 2015

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Moon Of Liberty Polling – YouGov

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POLLING

1st 2017 poll gives the Tories a 15% lead

The first poll from YouGov of 2017 gives the Conservatives a poll lead of 15%, although both Labour and the Tories are down on YouGov’s last poll with the Lib Dems slightly up and continuing their recovery since the Richmond Park by election. UKIP are also up 2% to 14% which keeps them ahead of the Lib Dems. 

In Scotland the SNP score 52% and continue to be well in the lead but the Conservatives are now well clear of Labour in second north of the border. The regional breakdown is particularly bad for Labour in the north where the Tories score a huge 8% swing against May 2015. The LD’s are up to 15% in the south outside of London which is the basis of their revival. London continues to be Labour’s best region.

This is the first poll I have calculated on what are the projected new boundaries and it gives the Tories a majority of 98. The details are below. As the seat method is new these figures are the averages at the moment. The averages page will be updated as we get new polling information I can calculate on the new boundaries but at present, old comparisons are irrelevant.

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MOON OF LIBERTY POLLING SCOREBOARD

YOUGOV POLL 01/01/2017

HEADLINE VOTING INTENTION  

Con 39% Lab 24% UKIP 14% LD 12% Green 4%

REGIONAL BASED SEAT PROJECTION

Con 349 Lab 173 LD 7 SNP 48 Plaid Cymru 3 UKIP 1 Green 1 Northern Ireland 18 

Con Overall Majority 98

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