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Meanwhile a message from Marf & council by election results

Friday, September 11th, 2015




Leith Walk on Edinburgh (SNP and Green defence)
Result: SNP 2,290 (36% +7%), Labour 1,623 (26% -7%), Green Party 1,381 (22% +2%), Conservative 501 (8% unchanged), Liberal Democrats 255 (4% -1%), UKIP 102 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Scottish Socialists 97 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Left Unity 32 (1%, no candidate in 2012), Independent 26 (0% -3%), Libertarian 17 (0%, no candidate in 2012)
SNP HOLD on the first count, Labour GAIN from Green on the tenth count. Swing: 7% from Labour to SNP

Midlothian West on Midlothian (SNP defence)
Result: SNP 1,540 (43% +3%), Labour 945 (26% -9%), Conservatives 524 (15% +4%), Green Party 375 (11% +6%), Liberal Democrats 162 (5% -1%), Non Party Independent 25 (1%, no candidate in 2012)
Scottish National Party HOLD on the forth count with a majority of 595 (17%) on a swing of 6% from Labour to SNP

Fant on Maidstone (Con defence)
Result: Conservatives 477 (27% -3%), Liberal Democrats 424 (24% +2%), Labour 352 (20% unchanged), Green Party 249 (14% +4%), United Kingdom Independence Party 180 (10% -8%), Independent 75 (4%. no candidate in 2015)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 53 (3%) on a swing of 2.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

Blackheath on Sandwell (Lab defence)
Result: Labour 915 (51% +12%), Conservatives 544 (31% +10%), United Kingdom Independence Party 287 (16% -20%), Green Party 35 (2% -2%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 371 (20%) on a swing 1% from Conservative to Labour

Southborough North on Tunbridge Wells (Con defence)
Result: Conservatives 483 (44% -15%), Liberal Democrats 434 (39% +26%), United Kingdom Independence Party 188 (17% +1%)
Conservative HOLD with a majority of 49 (5%) on a swing of 20.5% from Conservative to Liberal Democrat

West Thurrock and South Stifford on Thurrock (Lab defence)
Result: Labour 629 (43% -7%), United Kingdom Independence Party 450 (31% -4%), Conservatives 384 (26% +11%)
Labour HOLD with a majority of 179 (12%) on a swing of 1.5% from Labour to UKIP

Harry Hayfield


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Marf celebrates gay marriage with a cartoon …

Sunday, May 24th, 2015



Marf on Osborne’s plan for the civil service

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


PB Update – welcome to Don Brind

Tomorrow the political journalist, Don Brind, is joining our small team of regular guest slot contributors. He is somebody I’ve known a very long time since we both worked at the BBC in the 1970s. In recent times Don has been a regular contributor on The Week

Back in 2007 Don gave me a well argued steer on the then LAB deputy leadership contest to the effect that Harriet Harman, then 10/1, was going to get it. She won.

He’s got very close contacts with LAB and will act as a balance to David Herdson and TSE who are both active Tories. His first column will be tomorrow.

Mike Smithson


Marf on six days after

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Marf on this final day

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015



Marf’s latest cartoon

Monday, May 4th, 2015


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On the day of the royal birth – Marf and the weekend general election polls

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015


First two polls of the night ComRes & Opinium have no change

Tonight’s ComRes phone poll for IoS/S Mirror has with comparisons last Tuesday poll
Con 33% -2
Lab 33% -2
LD 8% +1
UKIP 13% +2
GN 7% +1


The big polling night continues with a Marf cartoon on Ed and the SNP

Friday, May 1st, 2015


A couple of surveys at least still to come

Tonight we saw the last of Lord Ashcroft constituency polls which have added enormously to this election. All told his polling has covered nearly 250k separate phone interviews which is just colossal.

There are some more polls to come tonight. I’m sort of expecting a new ComRes phone poll for the Mail and maybe one more as well as the usual YouGov.

Mike Smithson

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