Analysis Breaking

Greens biggest party in Bristol as Labour’s by-election vote collapses by more than half

Warning bell for Starmer as Labour falls even further behind Greens and LibDems in Hotwells and Harbourside

The Greens became the biggest party on Bristol City Council on Thursday night after taking Hotwells and Harbourside from the LibDems in a by-election. The party may soon run the council when the mayoral post is abolished next year.

But one of the big stories of the result is the abject collapse in the Labour vote. While Labour came third last night, as it did in the last full election in 2021, its vote share fell by half – while that of both the Greens and LibDems shot up, running not far short of the same vote tallies they achieved in the full election with its much higher turnout: the Greens achieved over 42% compared to 31% in 2021 while the LibDems, despite losing, went up from 33% in 2021 to 41% last night.

Starmer’s party, by contrast, fell from 25% in 2021 to just 12%.

Polling companies give Labour – though not Keir Starmer – a strong lead, but it seems that when voters get an actual say at the ballot box, they generally remain entirely unenthused by Starmer’s blancmange, unimaginative, condescending and often dogwhistle politics and consider a Starmer promise as not worth the stale hot air that voiced it – even compared to the catastrophic Tories – and either vote against, or else stay away from the ballot box altogether.

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