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%)