|Bradford West by-election, 2012: |
|Liberal Democrat||Jeanette Sunderland||1,505||4.6||-7.1|
|Democratic Nationalists||Neil Craig||341||1.0||-0.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Howling Laud Hope||111||0.3||N/A|
|General Election 2010 |
Turnout: 40,576 (64.9%) +8.9
Majority: 5,763 (14.2%)
Swing: +2.9% from Con to Lab
|David Hall-Matthews||Liberal Democrat||4,732||11.7||−7.4|
|Neil Craig||Democratic Nationalists||438||1.1||+1.|
It appeared that the seat's Muslim immigrant community had decamped from Labour en masse to Galloway's fundamentalist call for an immediate British troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and a fightback against the job crisis.
But I imagine many of those voting may be second or third generation and they are not immigrants. Shame on the Guardian for making this all they had to use was Muslim Community.
Clearly for want of a major analysis from journalist on the ground Galloways call for withdrawal from Afghanistan had some resonance . But Labour failure to stand up for the poorest members of our society was also a factor.In some ways this result resembles Jim Sillars 1988 Glasgow Govan by-election victory.Where the Poll tax and Labours lukewarm opposition was an issue.
Labour were hopping to win big in the UK in the May elections. It just be that where there another alternative to the other main parties those who feel that they have been let down by all three may just chose another.