For those seriously intending to contest next year’s borough council elections, the battle is already beginning.
None more so than amongst the cohort of Labour incumbents, coming up for re-election next year.
They have their own re-selection battles to fight and I am informed that things are very likely to get very interesting, in more than a few ward Labour parties in Rotherham come December, when most of the selection votes will take place.
The Labour selection battleground:
|Ward||Incumbent||% Vote Share|
|Anston & Woodsetts||Jo Burton||39.6|
|Boston Castle||Rose McNeely||41|
|Brins & Catcliffe||Alan Buckley||46.8|
|Rother Vale||Richard Russell||47.3|
|Rotherham East||Shaukut Ali||48.6|
|Rotherham West||Jahangir Akhtar||42.6|
|Wales Ward||Jenny Whysall||41.3|
Rothpol can identify at least 8 as incompetents or dinosaurs!
As in 2010, when the General Election was on the same day, the 2014 local council elections, will very likely be affected by the European elections in June.
It is the pattern of change, in voting behaviour, that may give us clues as to which seats may provide opportunities for upsets. See the Rotherham Elections Files. UKIP’s meteoric rise in the opinion polls, which shows few signs of waning, may have profound effects on the results next May.
If I were a gambler, I would put money on a record number of seats changing hands, next year!