Lib Dems in Rotherham – “the worst single performance by a major party in any by election on record.”

November 30, 2012 2:56 pm

By-election expert Rob Hayward told the Telegraph:

“The Liberal Democrats performances in the three by-elections and their eighth place in Rotherham are the worst results for any major party in a series of by-elections ever.

“A combination of eighth place and barely two per cent of the vote in Rotherham is the worst single performance by a major party in any by election on record.

“In the Northern towns and cities the Lib Dems replaced the Tories two decades ago. They are now being replaced in those areas by a combination of minor parties and disinterest.”

  • NT86

    I mentioned last night on the rolling coverage topic on here that it’s quite sad how much the Liberal Democrats had slumped. A decade ago, I truly thought that they could have become the main opposition while Labour was in government. The Tories were deeply unpopular and there were definitely times when Labour disappointed many of their voters. Having a centre left, broadly liberal party leading the opposition would have been good for the country (provided someone like Charles Kennedy still led it).

    The Orange Book infiltrated the higher ranks of the party. Clegg is actually not as bad as scary colleagues like David “let’s slash spending, as long as my expenses can still be lavish” Laws and that Jeremy Browne chap.

    Only way the Lib Dems can ever make a comeback (and that’s asking a lot given the size of their betrayal) is if the social liberals kick out the Orange Book cabal. Charles Kennedy, Tim Farron or even Evan Harris are the types of people that should be leading them.

    • Redshift1

      I really do agree (except perhaps the Clegg comment).

      If the Lib Dems had stuck to their principles and let the Tories go into a minority government, they would be in a Lab-Lib coalition by 2015, if not before, where they would have been in government without wiping out their poll share. Clegg et al, has sold out all those local party volunteers and betrayed their voter base for a ministerial limo.

      If they don’t start trying to re-establish their centre left identity they’ll be 5th party, nevermind 3rd by 2020.

Latest

  • Comment Labour’s Lessons from a Sikh Wedding Season

    Labour’s Lessons from a Sikh Wedding Season

    There’s been a fair bit written about the Sikh community in the nationals in the last few days in relation to Cameron’s political appointments to the Lords and some criticism for Labour for not having any representation from the 700,000 strong Sikh community in its Westminster ranks. Personally I don’t think there’s anything to gain in attacking Cameron for making more diverse appointments, even if the guy may not be as entrenched in the Sikh community as was claimed and […]

    Read more →
  • Featured Where does Labour really stand on a “Health Tax”?

    Where does Labour really stand on a “Health Tax”?

    The front page of today’s FT suggests that the Labour leadership is considering a “Health Tax” as a means of paying for the NHS, reporting(£): “Ed Miliband is to put the NHS at the centre of Labour’s election campaign and is considering an earmarked “health tax” or exempting the health service from deficit reduction to prove that he can deliver a better service. Mr Miliband believes the NHS is rising up the list of voters’ concerns but wants to offer […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Miliband calls for “overarching inquiry into child abuse” – and repeats call for Shaun Wright to step down

    Miliband calls for “overarching inquiry into child abuse” – and repeats call for Shaun Wright to step down

    Ed Miliband has released a statement this morning on the Rotherham child abuse scandal, in which he re-iterates calls for Shaun Wright to resign as South Yorkshire PCC. However, Miliband has gone further today, calling for an “overarching inquiry into child abuse” to examine what went wrong not just in Rotherham, but “in different institutions, in different parts of the country and stretching across different decades”. Here’s the statement in full: This week’s report into the child abuse scandal in […]

    Read more →
  • Comment If a young person’s opinion falls into the political sphere, does it make a sound?

    If a young person’s opinion falls into the political sphere, does it make a sound?

    There’s a lot of talk around the Party at the moment about ‘Generation Y.’ I suppose I fit into that category, although I don’t think I’ve ever used it to describe myself. Gen Y or whatever, what’s become clear to me over the years is that I’m one of the weirder ones. I’ve worked since the age of 16, doing jobs from working behind a pharmacy counter to fundraising in a call centre to translating for a construction company. I’ve […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Why rural areas need free buses

    Why rural areas need free buses

    To have a fully functioning society, bus services in rural areas should be free of charge. For young people seeking employment, education or entertainment, the unwell needing to visit and be visited in hospitals or the elderly wanting to break the loneliness of isolation, public transport is essential. If governments don’t want to spend money on services in rural areas, they should at least provide the means for people who live there to get to them in urban areas. Regular […]

    Read more →