There are by-election losses and there are by-election losses, Labour coming fifth behind the BNP and Greens made losing their deposit that much worse. Backbench MPs will be studying Charles Clarke’s doomsday list (download here) a little more intensely. They will be looking at the crumbling Gordon and wondering to themselves how the party might fare without the millstone of a voter repelling weirdo up front.
UPDATE : A co-conspirator points out that Chris Rennard’s post match spin is ambiguous:
“We increased our vote…”
- LibDem Henley vote 2005 General Election – 12,101
- LibDem Henley vote 2008 By Election – 9,680
An increase of minus 2421 votes!