Admittedly I did not stay up to see the results from the By-election released live, however at roughly 9.30 this morning I recieved a jubilant phone call from the Vice Chair informing me of two things: one that he had just returned home from a rather enjoyable night (bravo that man!), and two the Tories had just thrashed, and no other word will do, THRASHED New Labour in Crewe. As the headline of the paper in the picture above shows, Labour had its majority wiped out… although I must say at least Camerons policies are better than his somewhat questionable choice in newspapers!
Back to the by-election…even in my wildest predictions I could not have imagined a Tory swing of 17% combined with a majority of near enough 8000, a result equal or just above that held by the late Gwyneth Dunwoody. The result as Cameron rightly states is ‘remarkable’ and is down to far more than a failing Labour party but more a representation of a renewed and resurgent Conservative party. Granted the Labour campaign in Crewe was abhorrent and a clear reminder of old party politics and the result was that the electorate dealt Labour a body blow which I’m sure they won’t forget for a while.
Edward Timpson showed typical courtesy in his acceptance speech praising the achievements and the service of Gwyneth Dunwoody whilst encouraging the residents of Crewe to look forward to the future with renewed optimism. As with the Local Election results the electorate have sent a clear message for Labour; you can’t rely on old scare tactics such as ‘A vote for the Tories is a vote for Thatcher’ you can’t use our ‘nasty past’ as a get out clause for your incompetence and you can’t expect that you can do what you like and people won’t vote Tory, which arguably was once the case.
The people can, will and are voting Tory as the result in Crewe showed with many thousands voting for us for the first time. The result of Labours incompetance is the first Conservative gain in a by-election since 1983 and the first from Labour since 1978. As Cameron and Praguetory have rightly said Labour’s campaign in Crewe was “backward and divisive”. Cameron went on to say that the result “in many ways was the end of New Labour”. I don’t believe currently that the latter remark is accurate, however if Labour don’t get their house in order quick sharp then it certainly will be. To conclude it is clear for all to see that the Tories have romped home in the Local Elections, Mayoral elections and now a by-election…for now theres only one missing and all our eyes should be on that final victory when ever Gordon gives us the chance to claim it.