It's no surprise that the Conservatives have won Norwich North from Labour. All the odds were stacked against Labour having offed a popular and rooted left MP at just the time when the government nationally is about as unpopular as it could be.
|Conservative||Chloe Smith||13,591||39.54%||33.2%||+ 6.34|
|Labour||Chris Ostrowski||6,243||18.16%||44.9%||- 26.74|
|Liberal Democrat||April Pond||4,803||13.97%||16.2%||- 2.23|
|UKIP||Glenn Tingle||4,068||11.83%||2.4%||+ 9.43|
|Green||Rupert Read||3,350||9.74%||2.7%||+ 7.04|
|Put an honest man into Parliament||Craig Murray||953||2.77%|
|Independent||Bill Holden||166||0.48%||0.7%||- 0.22|
Norwich North has been held by Labour since 1997 and no matter how expected the main result it is still a real loss for Labour and an ill wind for the general election when they can lose seats that had more than a 10% majority particularly when the opposition get twice as many votes as you do.
For the Lib Dems to take third place is perfectly respectable and expected although it does leave their claim that it was between them and the Tories (they got a third of the Tory vote) looking rather like something we were never meant to take seriously. I'll bear that in mind in future.
They were rather disparaging about the Greens' campaign during the election. I wonder how it makes them feel that a campaign they thought was useless gained votes hand over fist and yet their amazing leaflet-a-thon actually put people off.
The Greens achieved just over 9% which, objectively, is a good result for us (I think most parties would be happy with more than tripling their vote) however fifth place is disappointing and despite the massive leap in our vote it is an irritant that we didn't get to that magic 10%. Whilst it should not take away from the massive increase in our vote I suspect it will be seen as a failure by many, both friends and foes.
UKIP may not have come second as their election bar chart was claiming (snort!) and were beaten by parties that they had claimed could not win here, unlike them, so they look like fools. Good. However, they can console themselves that they came just shy of the Lib Dems and they've won a council by election in Cambridgeshire. Bugger.
I'm sure Craig Murray will be disappointed with his result although I've no doubt he'll find someone else to blame for the result. Anyway, I hope he has more success in future endeavors and I'm very pleased that he beat the BNP. I wonder if he'll stand here at the General?
Commiserations to Peter Baggs for his 23 votes. Perhaps his electoral run was premature?
Previous result (2005, taken from wikipedia);
|Liberal Democrat||Robin Whitmore||7,616||16.2||+1.4|
|UK Independence||John Youles||1,122||2.4||+1.4|
There was a turnout of 45% which might sound low but is actually pretty good for a by election which is interesting as I thought there may well be wide spread abstentionism.
Some nice pics from Adrian Windisch