Friday, 7 May 2010

Results are in...

Thanet North held by Roger Gale with a modest increase to the Conservative vote but a severe drop in Labour support, just 828 votes ahead of the LIb Dems. As I commented elsewhere, the candidate was the wrong one for the area. It was obvious early on, a candidate no one had heard of making very little comment and what looked like a half-hearted campaign.

Thanet South was won by Laura Sandys with a strong 7617 majority. Labours vote dropped by around 2000 and an increased turnout worked in her favour.

In a slight non-Thanet deviation, it was good to see Charles Elphicke see off Gwyn Prosser in Dover last night. He will make a great MP.

Nationally its looking like a hung Palriament with the Conservatives as clearly the biggest single party. There is talk that Labour is looking for a coalition with the LIb Dems, the cost being electoral reform. That would be a bad thing for the country. A decision over electoral reform shouldnt be a bargaining chip to be offered in exchange for retaining the keys to Downing Street.

1 comment:

chris wells said...

Hi James

On the ground it has been obvious for some weeks that Steve Ladyman's time had run its course. The coalition of support from all sections of the community for Laura was increasingly clear; the many volunteers giving their time and energy; and the welcome responses on the doorstep were all in place.

What happens now is for others to decide. We have successfully played our part here in South Thanet, across Kent, and the whole south east.