Bar Lane Ripponden
One thing the result of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, at which the Lib Dem votes have actually increased over that at the recent general election, shows beyond doubt is the unreliability of national opinion polls (which a few days earlier were showing support for the party at an all-time low), as a guide to the result when actual votes are cast in a meaningful contest.
Regrettably the outcome also indicates that Labour supporters are indifferent to the electoral misconduct of the previous candidate which resulted in his disgrace and banning from membership of parliament.
It will be interesting to see whether the same disregard for the law breaking of their former MP in his expenses claims will be displayed at the pending Barnsley by-election.
Chair, Ryburn Lib Dems