Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Not only did Labour get hammered into 5th place behind the BNP and the Greens, they also lost their deposit. No wonder William Hill have slashed their odds for Gordon Brown down to 3/1 for him to be gone by the end of the year.
Very well done to John Howell MP and everyone involved in this fantastic result. It's marvelous that the Conservative share of the vote increased in the face of a very strong Lib Dem campaign.
From the Times:
John Howell (C) 19,796 (57%, +3.5%)
Stephen Kearney (LD) 9,680 (28%, +1.8%)
Mark Stevenson (Green) 1,321 (3.8%, +0.5%)
Timothy Rait (BNP) 1,243 (3.6%)
Richard McKenzie (Lab) 1,066 (3.1%, -11.7%)
Chris Adams (UKIP) 843 (2.4%, -0.1%)
Bananaman Owen (Loony) 242 (0.70%)
Derek Allpass (Eng Dem) 157 (0.45%)
C maj 10,116 (29.1%)
0.81% swing LD to C
Turnout 34,761 (50.3%, -17.6%)
(2005 C maj 12,793)