Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that the voters are sending a very “clear message” to the coalition in response to the result of the by-election in Oldham.
Despite the fact that the Labour candidate for the area, MP Phil Woolas was disqualified for lying about his opponent in the 2010 General election, the Liberal Democrats failed to take the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat.
The Conservatives were criticised for running a deliberately low key campaign in order to assure a Lib Dem victory. However this was denied by the party’s chairman Baroness Warsi who said “I led this campaign and every resource was put into it.”
The man who led the Labour campaign, shadow education secretary Andy Burnham said that it was Ed Miliband’s repeated visits to the area that helped to clinch the victory.” While Ed was in the hills in Saddleworth, Tory ministers were on the skiing slopes in Klosters,”
The Liberal Democrat’s vote may have been in the same proportion as it was during the General Election, however the swing to Labour meant that the loss for the Lib Dem’s was even more than in 1997. This was also with a smaller turnout.
However, it is David Cameron who has the most to be worried about, as this is a very embarrassing situation for PM. This is also a sign that Tory votes which Mr Cameron has worked so hard to win, could now be slipping away from him.