Labour held the South Shields parliamentary constituency in yesterday’s by-election. That’s no surprise. It’s a place where a flesh-eating disease would win if it came with a red rosette. They could hold the seat even though their vote collapsed by 42% from last time. The interesting point is that nutter/racist/fruitcake UKIP man came second with 24% of the vote, ahead of the sensible Tory.
Even better was the LibDem coming 7th, polling just 1% (that’s one per cent), being behind an Independent, and Independent Socialist and the BNP candidate. With 156 fewer votes the LibDem would have come behind the Monster Raving Loony Party – superb.
A bad night for the establishment parties, and that’s always good.