Labour has become the largest group on Carlisle City Council after winning a double by-election. The Upperby ward election was postponed from May 1 because of the death of a BNP candidate during the campaign, and Labour councillor June Martlew’s death soon after.
Labour group leader Michael Boaden said:
“Our candidates and the rest of the Labour team worked very hard to achieve this result. It is an excellent result considering the political climate that we are in. We are once again the largest Party and that is very important. We will use it as a platform to challenge the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition” which currently runs the Council.
The result gives Carlisle City Council 23 Labour councillors, two more than the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats have seven, with one Independent.
Carlisle City Council, Upperby ward election, held on Thursday, 12 June 2008
Total electorate: 4,092
Election turnout: 36.1%
Brian Allan, British National Party, 321 votes.
Alistair David, Barbour British National Party, 278 votes.
Donald Stewart Cape, Labour Party, 595 votes.
Georgina May Clarke, Conservative Party, 346 votes.
Gareth Michael Ellis, Conservative Party, 275 votes.
James Ernest Osler, Liberal Democrat, 428 votes.
Ann Warwick, Labour Party, 515 votes.