Labour whipped in Brent East by-election

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by BenReilly, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Sarah Teather (Lib Dem) 8,158
    Robert Evans (Labour) 7,040
    Uma Fernandes (Conservative) 3,368

    At least Matt Clark will be happy...
  2. Roel

    Roel Member

    Jan 15, 2000
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    Not just an usual loss, but a more unusual win by the Lib/Dems.

    I hope the Brits keep it coming and dump Blair.
  3. Matt Clark

    Matt Clark Member

    Dec 19, 1999
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    Actually, the Lib Dems have quite a good record in by-elections. Never seems to make any impact on their overall Commons presence come general election time though.

    FWIW, Brent was not the lithmus test for Blair that it was made out to be.
  4. Father Ted

    Father Ted BigSoccer Supporter

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    Nov 2, 2001
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    The problem is that the Lib-Dems will never get a large enough number of MPs (well not in the next 20 years anyway) to become the biggest party. So it's between Labour and the Torys.
    The Tory party as a whole supported the war more than the Labour party. Am I correct?
  5. Matt Clark

    Matt Clark Member

    Dec 19, 1999
    Liverpool FC
    Depends what you mean by “as a whole”. Their official line was more or less the same as that of New Labour. Individually, the number dissenting from the Government’s chosen line was smaller within the Tory party than it was in the Labour party. But that’s only to be expected. The Tories are, by definition, wankers.
  6. SJFC4ever

    SJFC4ever New Member

    May 12, 2000
    When I heard the result on the radio this morning I nearly split my sides laughing. Bring back Red Ken, LOL. At least he never lost Brent East.

    At least Labour was able to blame it on mid-term protest, etc. The Tories' result was even worse, since they had no such excuse.

    By elections are never particularly significant by themselves since the turnout is so low and the overall effect is inconsequential (especially when Blair has 400+ seats). But it is funny.

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