Labour has just scored a significant council by-election victory

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Other than in opinion polls, the only mid-term measure of a party’s electoral performance is in council by-elections. Labour is making significant inroads.

Britain Elects reports that six council by-elections took place on Thursday. Labour won four.

Here's what happened.

Labour gain key seat from Conservatives

The Argus has reported that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have won a council seat (the Marine Ward) in the Worthing Borough Council – their first such win in four whole decades. Even more significantly, the paper says that the party won with almost half of the available votes (47.8%) compared to the Conservatives’ 38.8%.

It’s a staggering victory for the party, whose national fortunes have turned around dramatically since the calling of June’s general election.

Labour gain two from UKIP

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The party also won a seat in Thanet, taking the Margate Ward from UKIP, according to Labour List. The site reports that the party won with an impressive 57.5% of the vote.

On top of that, the Labour Party also took the seat of Milton Regis in Swale from UKIP, in another sign of the party’s surge in popularity, reports Britain Elects.

Labour holds one seat

The party also held on to a seat in Charnwood, according to Britain Elects.

Conservatives hold one and win one

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The night was not entirely perfect for Labour, as the Conservatives took a King's Lynn seat from them. It is worth noting however, that the Liberal Democrats went from 0% to 24.7%, something which might have hindered Labour, writes Britain Elects.

The final of the sixth seats contested on Thursday was a Conservative hold, as reported by Britain Elects with Labour going from 0% to 7.2% of the vote.

Out of the six by-elections held on Thursday, Labour held one seat, won two from UKIP and won one historically significant victory from the Conservatives. Of course, council votes have significantly low turnouts, council by-election votes in particular, but these striking victories are surely a sign of Labour’s growing popularity since before the election.