Labour wins Cardiff byelection
- Published on Friday, 16 November 2012 09:02
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Labour increased its majority in the Cardiff South and Penarth byelection, with the Tories and Liberal Democrats losing ground
Stephen Doughty's victory is seen by Labour as vindication of the party's efforts across the UK and the work of the Labour-led Welsh assembly government.
Turnout was low, with only a quarter of the 75,000-strong electorate casting their ballot. Doughty, 32, a former Oxfam worker, polled almost half of the votes cast: 9,193 out of almost 19,500.
The Tories came in second and the Liberal Democrats third, as they did at the 2010 general election, but with reduced shares of the vote. The Lib Dem percentage halved, from 22% to 11%. Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, and Ukip both doubled their shares.