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(Election) A review

Well, as expected Labour have won the 2005 Election with a reduced majority. Their tally would usually be considered a good firm majority too (it'll end up being in the late 60's, down from 167 in the last Parliament) but in the light of loosing about 50 MPs their will no doubt be moans of dejection from some quarters whilst other quarters claim it as a sign of the demise of Labour and resurgance of Conservatism.

In reality though it is still a very good win for Labour in the current climate. They fought the Election on the back of the Iraq War, as well as several controversal national issues, and with an incredibly unpopular leader. That they still polled this highly speaks volumes about the LACK of proper opposition the Conservatives have managed to muster, and the LibDems to a certain extent too.

In real terms the Labour share of the vote was down about 6%, the Conservatives had pretty much no change in their vote share (0.6%?) whilst the LibDems share was up close to 5%.

Personally I'd have liked to have seen the LibDems do slightly better. I know they have still had the best election results in over 80 years and they'll be more LibDem MPs in the next Parliament but we failed to get any of the major scalps we had aimed for and, indeed, actually lost a few seats to both the Tories and Labour that we should have held on to. Still, it was an incredibly good night as the LibDems have cemented themselves into second place in a number of areas across the country which gives us a very platform to laucnh the next Election campaign and build upon the progress and momentum that is in place.

Blair will remain Prime Minister for 12-24 months before handing over the reigns to (probably) Gordon Brown. There is a chance he'll go sooner I guess but unless something pushes him I reckon he'll hold out but still leave Gordon enough time to cement his own leadership qualities on the party before having to fight the next General Election. Michael Howard will probably stay on, the Conservatives didn't do badly although they would have expected a better share of the vote. Charles Kennedy will also probably stay on as party leader and build upon the success the LibDems have achieved this time round with the knowledge that many of the people too young to vote this time round will be ticking Yellow boxes when they come to age in time for the next round of voting.

UKIP crashed, Veritas hardly showed up. The BNP achieved very good results (for them) and will give many people cause to worry, but then that was hardly unsurprising with the level of propaganda that's been thrown around about immigration combined with the fact that immigration in this country isn't the best at present.

And well done to the Greens who got 22% of the vote in Brighton Pavilion, even if they did not win the seat. Great news!

Finchley & Golders Green (my neck of the woods) returned Rudi Vis (Labour) with a reduced majority of 741 votes and 40.5% of the overall ballots (down 5.8%), with the Tories up 1% to 38.8% and Sue Garden of the LibDems up 4.8% to 16.9%.


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May. 6th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
FGG was a good result, and as I said to all the councillors, the 2006 campaign for Barnet starts on Sunday. Bummer on the by-election result, but not surprising due to the Tory surge effect in Finchley.
May. 6th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
Is it over for Veritas? I say that because at 10:30am one of my journalist clients emailed to change plans as he was predicting a late surge for Kilroy.

He could have been joking though. It's hard to tell with journalists.
May. 6th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
Well I know Kilroy himself didn't get in as he ended up in 4th place and only just secured his deposit. Hadn't heard of any other possible Veritas hopefuls though. Generally speaking the BNP seem to be the biggest 'Right' fringe group with UKIP picking up a measley amount of votes on the whole.
May. 6th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
There are some scary seats where if you'd add Tory+UKIP votes together then they'd have beaten LibDem.
May. 6th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
I know. Which is why I was actually hoping for a stronger UKIP turnout, if the right-wing vote had been split you could have seen a disastrous night for the Tories and an even better one for the LibDems.
May. 6th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
I was up in time for that result and one thing that struck me was whereas the big party leaders were named at the their counts as "Anthony Blair, Labour" or "Michael Howard, Conservative" he was "Robert Kilroy-Silk, Leader of Veritas." Just a minor ego issue methinks ...

Likewise Galloway's attack on the process in Tower Hamlets was ... interesting, as was the spat between him and Paxman (the latter in bulldog mode again, repeating his initial acerbic question and eventually prompting Galloway to storm off in a fit of pique).
May. 6th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
They've only lost 50 seats, surely? Every seat lost shears 2 off their majority, as the lost seat goes to one of the other parties...
May. 6th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Edited. That's lack of sleep showing for you, Thanks for pointing it out :p
May. 6th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
In Enfield Southgate (my constituency) the hard working and compitant Labour MP Steven Twigg has lost by about 1,700 votes and the seat has gone back to the Torys. The LibDems (who I voted for) gained about 4,500 votes this time around. Those of us who voted for the LibDems as a protest against what the government has done while in power have let in a Tory in our local area.

Our method of elections sucks.
May. 6th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
Yep, but...

The liberals are/were the only ones still talking about electoral reform.
May. 6th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
The LibDems only actually gained 4.1% more votes than in 2001 in Enfield Southgate bringing their total to 4,724. Even with those votes its likely Labour would have lost to the Conservatives who managed a 6% rise in fortunes this time round.

Also, whilst Twigg was a good MP/Minister I'm glad he was unseated. Blair and the Labour party needs to see casualties for the message to be brought home (and their majority to be diminshed) and Twigg will bounce back again if he decides to stay in politics. He was too good within the party not to get selected again - and probably in a much safer seat.
May. 6th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
As above, your electoral system sucks with regard to a parties true polularity.

However proportional representation produces weaker governments because it is much more difficult to achieve a meaningful majority.
May. 6th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
I prefer a government that can't get anything done without broad consensus.
May. 6th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)


Click on "Daily Show Video: A Spot of Indecision 2005" for an amusing American view of the election.
May. 7th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
well I was quite happy
as we got the lib dem in hornsey wood green
with a voting turnout of 62%
I think maybe people were a bit upset with barbara roache
anyway it at least shows that it can be done
wish there was more than a 50% turnout overall in the country
Just wonder what the results would of been if it was
shame really
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