There are some wards, Patcham, Rottingdean Coastal, Westbourne, Wish, Westdene and Woodingdean that are safe safe safe Tory seats. These are seats that, barring a minor (major?) miracle, will return Conservative councillors decade after decade. Other than Woodingdean, I can’t recall a non-Tory ever representing any of these areas. Once, in Westdene, James Humphrey resigned the Tory whip and sat as an Independent in protest at the anti-gay Section 28.
Stanford ward is slightlydifferent as it currently has an Independent elected. A former Conservative councillor, Jayne Bennett was elected in May 2007. She tends to support the Tories in just about every vote so, for the purpose of this analysis, is being treated as a Tory.
Such is the domination of the Tories in these seats that even if you took the top votes from the Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates from May 2007, and added in the votes gathered by any independents, the sum of al their votes would not beat the lowest placed Tory.
The importance of these wards for Labour and the Greens is not at local election level but at general elections when the few hundred votes returned in these areas will make, and did make, the difference between winning and losing.
So my advice to Labour and Green supporters in these wards, vote for the candidate and party you like best so that the parties can gauge the level of their support as they prepare for 2015!