These were the voted cast on 1st May in Bywell ward of Northumberland:
- Ind 599
- Lib Dem 506
- Con 463
- Lab 94
At first sight, you would think this was a no hope ward for Labour. Actually, you would be wrong to think that. This was a ward Labour were defending. The independent who won was actually the former Labour councillor who went Independent when Labour imposed an all women shortlist on his ward. Since he had testicles rather than ovaries, he got the chop. Labour imported a female candidate from 23 miles away. The independent won and the Labour candidate, as you can see from the result, barely registered.
Labour got only 6% in a ward they were defending. Is that a record?