Members of the local Labour party threw a party this week to celebrate their victory in the Grimsbury & Castle by-election in which Claire Bell and Shaida Hussain won District and Town council seats from the Conservatives with a 6% swing.
The by-election was called after the death of Conservative councillor Ann Bonner and was hotly contested by both major parties. It was the first by-election in the country since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party – Green Party and UKIP votes halved and the Lib Dems remain in the doldrums.
Terry Davis, Chair of the local Labour Party said, “The 6% swing from Tory to Labour confirms a rejection of the Tory policies which make the poor and vulnerable pay for the economic recovery. This was a consistent theme that we heard on the doorsteps. If this result were replicated in the May 2016 local elections, it would significantly shift the political landscape.
Sean Woodcock, Leader of the Labour Group, Cherwell District Council said, “This is a fantastic result and I am delighted that Shaida and Claire have been elected. Both are already recognised locally as hardworking and dedicated councillors for Grimsbury & Castle. This result shows the value that people place in having representatives from the very heart of their community. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this such a successful campaign.”