Main parties take a battering in by-election
All three of the main political parties in the United Kingdom took a pasting yesterday when maverick ex Labour MP and leader of the Respect Party, George Galloway, comfortably won the Bradford West parliamentary by-election. Galloway won the seat with 18,341 votes.
In 2010 the seat was won by Labour incumbent Marsha Singh with 18,401 votes. He resigned recently after suffering a serious illness. His replacement managed to glean just 8,201 votes yesterday.
The other big losers were the Conservatives; their vote dropped from 12,638 in 2010 to just 2,746 in yesterday’s by-election. The Liberal Democrats did little better falling from 4,732 in 2010 to just 1,505 yesterday.
The result is a clear rejection of all the major parties in England. It suggests that the leadership of the Labour Party under Ed Miliband is failing to gain any traction despite a bad week for the Conservatives where their leadership has looked increasingly out of touch with ordinary people.
The turnout in the by-election was just 50%, down from 2010 when it was 64.9%.