@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-05-07

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Delivering in one of those areas where even the drives have drives. Tired now. #nickcleggsfault # @markpack LDs at 26% according to ComRes email …? in reply to markpack # @markpack Cons 37%, Lab 29%, Lib Dems 26%, Others 8% (…)

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Proportion matters – the diagram that shows the election result is balls

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

(Hat-tip http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/).

What do you make of David Cameron’s “offer”?

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

I’ve not seen a transcript yet, but here’s ConservativeHome’s paraphrase of David Cameron’s supposed “offer” to the Lib Dems:
I thank Nick Clegg for recognising that the Tories won most new seats and I will now talk to the Liberal Democrats about delivering the kind of government Britain needs.
I offer reassurances to the Liberal Democrats so […]

The final results trickle in …

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Here are the headline figures currently:

Conservative 36%, 306 MPs
Labour 29%, 258 MPs
Lib Dems 23%, 57 MPs

As many have pointed out, how absurd is it that the Lib Dems can increase its share of the vote, but lose 10% of its MPs? As Ben Goldacre tweeted:

lib dems get 6.6m votes and 53 seats, labour get 8.4m […]

The morning after the night before: 10 questions we need to answer (but maybe not today)

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Here’s a few to ponder … Or perhaps best to sleep on them.
1. What happened to the predicted Lib Dem surge? Did people change their mind at the last minute? Did young people not turn out? Did floating voters turn their back on us?
2. How did the opinion polls get the Lib Dem share of […]

BBC reports Sarah Teather has won Brent Central

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Apparently by 2,000 votes – if so, that will be a super-human effort given general disappointment of Lib Dem vote in London seats. More news as we get it …
Yes it’s true: Lib Dem GAIN from Labour in Brent Central on a huge 11% swing. An absolutely fantastic effort from Sarah Teather, who selflessly put […]

+++ Nick Clegg speaks – up to Tories to seek to form government

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Courtesy The Guardian, here’s the transcript of Nick’s remarks:
Last night was a disappointment for the Liberal Democrats. Even though more people voted for us than ever before, even though we had a higher proportion of the vote than ever before, it is of course a source of great regret to me that we have lost […]

Full list of Lib Dem MPs

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

Here’s the list – let me know any omissions …
Lib Dem MPs:
Danny Alexander, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Norman Baker, Lewes
Alan Beith, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley – NEWLY ELECTED
Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington
Annette Brooke, Mid Dorset and North Poole
Jeremy Browne, Taunton
Malcolm Bruce, Gordon
Paul Burstow, Sutton and Cheam
Lorely Burt, Solihull
Vincent Cable, Twickenham
Menzies Campbell, North East Fife
Alistair Carmichael, Orkney […]

The LDV Election Morning Live-Blog & Open Thread … 8am Edition

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

8.00 am
Here’s where we’re at:
The Lib Dems have made SEVEN GAINS: Bradford East, Burnley, Norwich South, Eastbourne, Redcar, Solihull and Wells.
And THIRTEEN LOSSES: Camborne and Redruth, Chesterfield, Cornwall South East, Harrogate & Knaresborough, Hereford & Herefordshire South, Montgomeryshire, Newton Abbot, Oxford West & Abingdon, Richmond Park, Romsey & Southampton North, Truro and Falmouth, Winchester and […]

The LDV Election Morning Live-Blog & Open Thread (6-8am)

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2010

6.00 am
Here’s where we’re at (and it’s not pretty):
The Lib Dems have made FOUR GAINS: Burnley, Norwich South, Eastbourne and Redcar.
And ELEVEN LOSSES: Chesterfield, Cornwall South East, Harrogate & Knaresborough, Hereford & Herefordshire South, Montgomeryshire, Newton Abbot, Oxford West & Abingdon, Richmond Park, Romsey & Southampton North, Winchester and York Outer.
The Tories are projected to […]