County council updates

Mark Cotterill (above right) at the Lancashire County Council declaration with winning Labour candidate Jenny Mein

Following his 16% vote in yesterday’s Preston City Council election, H&D editor Mark Cotterill today polled 8.8% in the Lancashire County Council for Preston South-East division.

Due to redrawing of council boundaries, this was always going to be a lower vote for a racial nationalist independent. Preston SE includes a very large Asian community which tends to vote as a block for Labour candidates – even Jewish ones! (Jenny Mein has held the seat for Labour for many years, and was part of an unusual tradition of Jewish female leaders of Lancashire county council, following Louise Ellman and Ruth Henig.)

Many of the White voters in Preston SE are in a very depressed council estate, where turnout is traditionally low (exacerbated by Covid restrictions on polling stations and campaigning).

In the circumstances 8.8% was a respectable result, especially as once again (in line with a nationwide trend this year) pro-Brexit voters leaned towards Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

We await further results during the day from nationalist candidates nationwide including Dr Jim Lewthwaite of the British Democratic Party, contesting Wyke ward, Bradford.

And of course there will be a full analysis and results service on this site and in the forthcoming May-June edition of H&D.

full result – Preston SE division, Lancashire County Council

Mein (Labour) 67.9%

Walmsley (Conservative) 18.3%

Cotterill (Independent) 8.8%

Duke (Liberal Democrat) 4.9%

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