The recriminations have started – Barry Sheerman and Charles Clarke join a queue of MPs ready to tear into Gordon Brown as Labour faced their most humiliating defeat for years.
The Norwich by election saw a Labour majority of 5000 washed away by a passionate campaign by local Conservative candidate Chloe Smith, who achieved a winning majority of 7000.
Of some amusement was Ben Bradshaw MP, interviewed by pundits during television coverage of the election He was making the point that the Conservative’s win was not that impressive, as their swing of six per cent was less than that of Labour under similar circumstances.
He was gently reminded that he had been misinformed – the majority was not six percent, but sixteen…
Well done Chloe Smith!