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Labour Lose Bradford West By-Election by a Landslide

In a sensational result Labour have lost the formerly safe seat of Bradford West (Lab majority of 5,763 in 2010) to Respect’s George Galloway. It is rare indeed that an opposition party loses a Parliamentary by-election and Bradford West was a seat which Labour held since 1974, even throughout Mrs Thatcher’s landslide election wins.

This is a devastating result for the Labour leadership and will send shockwaves through the Labour movement. He will also be likely to be a thorn in the side of the Parliamentary Labour Party in the House of Commons.

It is worth stressing that, while the turnout was lower than would be the case in a general election, at 51% it was relatively high for a by-election. However, the circumstances of someone with the profile of George Galloway standing will not be repeated in many seats elsewhere.

The swing from Labour to Respect was a collossal 37%!

The final results were:

Respect – George Galloway – 18,341 (55.9%)

Labour – Imran Hussein – 8,201 (25%)

Conservative – Jackie Whiteley – 2,746 (8.4%)

Lib Dem – Jeanette Sunderland – 1,505 (4.6%)

UKIP – Sonja McNally – 1,085 (3.3%)

Green – Dawud Islam – 481 (1.5%)

Dem Nats – Neil Craig – 344 (1%)

Loony – Howling Laud Hope – 111 (0.3%)


March 30, 2012 - Posted by | National


  1. Terrible night for Labour but also terrible night for us. Bradford is supposed to be one of our target seats for 2015 in order for us to have a majority. What hope is there of that when we can’t get 10% of the vote? The Conservatives need to completely rethink their northern strategy if we are going to try and win overall control in 2015.

    Comment by Imran | March 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Imran – not a great result for us but the real damage is to Labour. They have to win seats like Bradford West just to stand still. But I agree that more thought given to a “northern strategy” would be sensible.

      Comment by Richard Willis | March 31, 2012 | Reply

  2. The Tories threw massive resource at this (marginal) seat at the last election believing they could win it only for Labour to increase their majority against the national trend. And now less than 2 years later the Tories cannot even muster a measly 3,000 votes. I think you should forget “Northern strategy” and concentrate on what you will do after the inevitable humiliating defeat you will suffer at the next election not to mention next month’s locals.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | April 4, 2012 | Reply

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