Labour crushed in by-election

June 27th, 2008 at 8:11 pm by David Farrar

has been Prime Minister of the UK for a year today, and to celebrate his party came 5th in the Henley by-election to replace Boris Johnson.

It was bad enough the previous by-election when a 7,000 majority turned into a 7,000 loss but this is unprecedented. The parties scored:

  1. Conservatives 57.0%
  2. Lib Dems 27.9%
  3. Greens 3.8%
  4. BNP 3.6%
  5. Labour 3.1%
  6. UKIP 2.4%
  7. Monster Raving Loony Party 0.7%

Gordon Brown’s day as PM are numbered when the facsists get more votes than the Government. At least he beat the Monster Raving Loony Party!

was at the IDU Conference in Paris yesterday and he really looks and acts Prime Ministerial. He may only be Opposition Leader but to some degree he dominated the meeting despite there being eight actual Prime Ministers there. The UK Prime Ministership may not be the US Presidency, but it is still one of the “big dogs”.

We had a chat about NZ and UK polls (which are quite similiar).  He remarked that he would be a lot happier if his election had to be held by November 2008 rather than May 2010. I have to agree – a three year term might be too short but a five year term is frustratingly long. Mind you I am not sure Gordon Brown will even last to the end of it.

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8 Responses to “Labour crushed in by-election”

  1. kiki (425 comments) says:

    only beat the Loony Party due to voter confusion

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  2. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    This is news? The Monster Raving Loony Party got 1 vote for every 5 Labour votes. Um… yeah that’s about right.

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  3. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    And meanwhile, Labour isn’t even putting up a candidate against David Davis in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election.

    David Davis has said Gordon Brown has shown he is “terrified” of voters in not putting up a Labour candidate in Haltemprice and Howden.

    Launching his by-election campaign, he said Mr Brown had lost his deposit in Henley and had now “lost his nerve”.

    “Macavity may be hiding but we will have this national debate,” he said, referring to civil liberties.

    The ex shadow home secretary is up against 25 opponents, of which more than half are independents.

    He stood down two weeks ago, in protest at what he calls the erosion of British liberties, after the government won a controversial vote on extending pre-charge detention limits for terrorism suspects.

    Labour has dismissed the by-election as a stunt and a waste of money, while the Liberal Democrats say they will not stand a candidate as they agree with Mr Davis’s protest.

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7476881.stm

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  4. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    But no fears of the Labour candidate losing his deposit in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, following the resignation of David Davis. There isn’t one, and Davis is wasting no time pointing that out.

    Launching his by-election campaign, he said Mr Brown had lost his deposit in Henley and had now “lost his nerve”.

    “Macavity may be hiding but we will have this national debate,” he said, referring to civil liberties.

    The ex shadow home secretary is up against 25 opponents, of which more than half are independents.

    He stood down two weeks ago, in protest at what he calls the erosion of British liberties, after the government won a controversial vote on extending pre-charge detention limits for terrorism suspects.

    Ouch…

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  5. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I don’t see any fascists on the ballot…

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  6. capills_enema (194 comments) says:

    Good point, pushmepullu… The BNP is a strictly Caucasian-by-membership, homophobic, Islamophobic, holocaust-denying party with known connections to Neo-Nazi groups. How dare you call them fascists, David? You’re giving them a bad name!

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  7. Mike Readman (363 comments) says:

    So let me get this right, you haven’t even been a candidate for community board and you get to have a chat with the leader of the UK conservatives? Holy cow!

    [DPF: Actually third time we have met and chatted!]

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  8. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,744 comments) says:

    The bad news continues both sides of the globe for Labour Internationale!

    It’s a master stroke of fate that I get to vote in both elections.

    So just like Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap I’ll be “putting things right that once went wrong”.

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