A socialist guide to the local elections 2006.

Including socialist candidates at the  council election

 Labour takes beating
Some new left councillors
BNP goose step forwards



Big drop in Labour vote - Labour lose control of almost 2 in 5 of their councils across England

BBC estimates vote share disaster for Labour
Tories 40%, Lib Dems 27%, Labour 26%

RESPECT Birmingham Salma Yaqoob elected
Tower Hamlets
Respect claim they've unseated Labour group leader 12 seats Newham 3 seats gained Preston 2nd place in four wards
Bristol Jerry Hicks 2nd place Sheffield Maxine Bowler 2nd place Haringey Respect comes second to Labour and in one Camden and Ealing ward Liverpool Respect  11% 3rd place

Socialist Alternative Stoke, Paul Sutton, 3rd place ward won by BNP, Bootle, Pete Glover, 2nd place, Newcastle Paul Owens 2nd place, Coventry Rob Windsor elected (now 3 cllrs), Lewisham retain two councillors

Colchester two independent socialists receive 8.9% and 11.5%. Peter Smith in Walsall came second (34.4%) for the Democratic Labour Party Enfield two defend the NHS candidates "Save Chase Farm" candidates elected (SCF note)

Norwich Green Party wins four more councillors (up to 9) and Lewisham win five new councillors and gains in Bristol, Watford, Oxford, Sheffield, Stroud and others. 20 elected in total (91 councillors in total) Watford Mayoral vote 11% AND in a by election in Scarborough the Greens gained another councillor taking the total to 92.

Swindon, Socialist Unity gain 5.1% and 5.5%

IWCA get another elected cllr in Oxford

BNP take a goose-step forward - highest ever BNP result - 33 gains and many second places
Broxbourne keep council seat, Epping Forest gain three, Sandwell win 3 new seats, Redditch win one seat, Stoke win 3 new seats, Pendle win a seat, Dagenham and Barking win 12 seats, Burnley 2 seats, Kirklees 2 seats

Far right breakaway group 'England First' in Blackburn has won 2 seats








Candidates of the left

Find the left candidate nearest you


Tim Oxton, independent socialist candidate in Colchester

Eddie Adams, Alliance for Green Socialism Golborne Ward of Kensington & Chelsea (interview)

Janine Booth, Socialist Unity
Hackney central (interview)

Andy Newman, Socialist Unity 
Swindon (leaflet)

Glyn Robbins, one of the Respect candidates for Tower Hamlets  on Liam Mac Uaid's blog

Tom Woodcock for Romsey Cambridge Respect candidate's blog


Let us know if you know of left candidates at this election that we've not listed

















Find the left candidate nearest you (full results)
Comprehensive results as xls spreadsheet
At a glance list of left councillors elected

Election overview Jim Jepps
Two election myths about Respect
Jim Jepps
Strong showing for Respect Liam Macuiad (blog)
SWP failure in Respect success Peter Manson

The Green Party Result Peter Cranie
on May 4th Matthew Selwood

BNP; A Barking disaster but no national breakthrough Dave Landau
Where now for anti-fascists? Andy Newman
BNP result summary & Full results
Left / right clashes (updated)

Cambridge almost exciting Jim Jepps
Cambridge Voting Behaviour Study
The cracks in Camden Fiona Millar (link)
Colchester after the election Tim Oxton
The far right in London John Crudas MP
Impressions from Manchester Margaret Manning
Oxford, good for the 'others' Matthew Selwood
Oxford Respect on a high Dave Radford
Stoke: BNP Sneaks In Phil Burton-Cartledge
Initial response on Swindon Andy Newman

Socialist Party gains SP statement

Pre-election analysis

2006 Elections, what would be a good result?
Socialist Unity policy on the 2006 local elections

New Forest; A left-free region 
Newham & Tower Hamlets; storming democracy
Oxford; too bloody interesting
South Essex: Chiselling away the BNP 
Barking and Dagenham: We can beat the BNP
Stoke; Opportunity for Socialist Advance

Green voting - nearest candidates (xls document)
What about the Lib Dems?
Independents and single issue candidates
Why do we stand in elections? (July 2004)







Combating the fascist threat

BNP leader turned away from count BBC

Why the BNP might thrive Guardian

BNP 'only real opposition' claim BBC

Respect and BNP criticised over expenses Guardian

Deliver anti-BNP sermons, bishop tells vicars This is Lancashire

Sky news poll on the BNP

'Anyone but the BNP' Telegraph

Doherty misses anti-racism rally BBC

Emmerdale stars back campaign against BNP- full article UNISON

BNP and far-right local election candidates 2006 Stop the BNP

Hope v Hate - The 2006 local election campaign Searchlight

Victim's family air BNP concerns BBC

Fears that Margaret Hodge’s BNP myths will help the Nazis Socialist Worker

United in battle against the BNP Stop the BNP

BNP accused of 'thriving on hate' BBC

Poll finds growing support for BNP Politcs.co.uk

More 'considering voting for BNP' BBC

Driven by neglect Weekly Worker

Nick Griffin must die Disillusioned kid

Don’t panic, just turn out the vote Stop the BNP

Minister says BNP tempting voters BBC

Peter Oborne- The voters are angry — and looking elsewhere Spectator

BNP support "on the wane" in Burnley Burley Citizen

Insignificant in percentage terms but very sinister Stop the BNP

Minister warns of shift to far right Independent