Chris Rennard: a re-count in Ealing Southall, challengers to Labour in Sedgefield

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2007

Lib Dem chief executive and by-election supremo, Lord Chris Rennard, has posted his thoughts on Lib Dem Voice on the current state of play for Thursday’s by-elections in Ealing Southall and Sedgefield:

By-elections can be fast moving in the last two days. I will not issue “final forecasts” here but have often been accurate to within a handful of votes in the past !

What I will say is that over the weekend I think that Ealing Southall was something like Labour 37, Lib Dem 31, Con 22. From this position Lib Dems can win but it should be close. I believe that we could be into re-count territory on Thursday night.

I was also very impressed personally with our Sedgefield campaign last week and it seemed to me that we were certainly the challengers to Labour.


As Chris says, the last two days could prove vital – will we wake up on the 20th July to the triumph of another sensational Dunfermline, or to the what-could-have-been of the almost-as-sensational Bromley?

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On Politicalbetting Nick Palmer has just guessed a 1000 majority for Labour with Lib dems third, o3k behind.

Robert Waller in contrast has Tories third, little different from last time.

by Londoner on July 19, 2007 at 9:55 pm. Reply #

Nick Palmers doesn’t know his campaigning arse from his elbow.

He’s also the man who first proposed id cards and the national register.

I won’t weep when he loses his seat.

by Dan on July 20, 2007 at 12:11 am. Reply #

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