Labour held the two seats it was defending in yesterday’s council by-elections. In Failsworth East, Oldham, in spite of a 7.3 point drop, their share of the vote was 58.4 per cent. The Conservatives came second with 25.4 per cent, and UKIP third with 11.7 per cent. In St Thomas’s, Dudley, Labour held the seat with a slight increase of 3.4 points, to 60.8 per cent of the vote. UKIP came a distant second with 26.7 per cent, and the Tories third with 10.3 per cent.
To see the full results in all six wards being contested go to the LabourList website.