Bradford West by election coverage

02:44

Clarity on the result (in full)

Respect 18,341 (55.9%)
Lab 8,201 (25.0%)
Con 2,746 (8.4%)
LD 1,505 (4.6%)
UKIP 1,085 (3.3%)
Green 481 (1.5%)
Nat Dem 344 (1.0%)
Loony 111 (0.3%)

Labour now blaming the fact that Galloway is a celebrity. If this was how politics went then Katie Price would have been elected in 2001 as well as Esther Rantzen in 2010!

An extraordinary night and its been thoroughly enjoyable trying to cover it! Thanks again 🙂

02:30

Respect – 18,341
Lib Dem – 1,505
Labour – 8,201
Tory – 2,746
Loony – 111
UKIP – 1,085
Green – 481
Dem Nat – 344

02:28 – Result coming in now!

02:16 – Lots of people complaining about the poor BBC coverage. Mike Smithson (@mikesmithsonOGH) just tweeted: “Why is the BBC Bradford West coverage so crap? This is the most sensational by-election result for decades and they are ignoring it”. Truth in those words. The BBC need to ensure proper coverage of by-elections in future.

02:05 – Talks of plotting already underway as to what to do with Ed Miliband in light of this result. Really exposing the importance of this result.

02:03 – Labour, just four hours ago, were “confident but not complacent”. Stunning turnaround for Respect. Talk of Galloway win of 2:1 over Labour.

02:01 – Not much being said now as there is little to report but its just starting to sink in that Galloway is making a shock return to Parliament!

01:49 – It appears I missed the turnout call! The clarify I’ve heard its at 51%. Very impressive turnout for a by election.

01:41 – Returning Officer reportedly saying we should expect a result around 3AM. My prediction of 0140AM seems all the more daft now!

01:38 – Amusing tweet from @JHepplestone “Queues in Bradford as people panic buy cat food in case of a Galloway victory”. #byelectionbanter (Hash tag my lame addition, not his!).

01:34 – Sky News trying to find out whether the result is worse for Labour or the Coalition. Seems quite clear that its easily the former. A hurrendous result in a safe Labour seat.

01:22 – For those wondering the Bradford West result in 2010 was Labour 45%, Tories 31% and Lib Dems 12% with the other parties racking up around 12% of the vote. The seat has been held by Labour since 1970 when they took it from the Tories.

01:18 – Twitter going crazy with by-election fever. Both “George Galloway” and #bradfordwest trending.

01:14 – For all my Lib Dem friends following this blog I apologise that I have heard so little on Jeanette’s result. Reports not good but apparently activists finding comfort in Labour’s crushing defeat. The line may well be that this wasn’t a rejection of the Coalition but Labour’s poor record in Bradford.

01:06 – Galloway attributing his victory to his anti-war message. Condemning not just the Labour candidate but also pitiful result from the Coalition parties.

00:56 – Sky now suggesting a result at around 1:40AM. Interview with Galloway revealing that Respect will field candidates not just in Bradford local elections but in many surrounding areas expecting surprise results.

00:50 – Galloway claims the “path of treason set by Tony Blair” is the reason for his victory.

00:49 – “By the Grace of God we have won the most sensational victory in British political history.” – George Galloway

00:43 – George Galloway still not yet to be seen at the count. Apparently resting his voice and throat after a lot of heavy campaigning and speeches.

00:35 – Sky News predicting Respect vote of 50%, Tory vote collapsing to as little as 13% (down from 31%) and a quote from a Labour MP to sum it all up…”we’re not just going to lose, but we’re going to lose by a mile”.

00:32 – Count verification nearly complete so we should be hearing on the turnout shortly. Actual vote count will commence after that. My 2AM prediction could turn out to be far more accurate than the Sky News one #libdemconcellationprize

00:24 – BBC backing up a lot of what we have heard from Sky News saying Galloway likely to win.

00:17 – Word that a Labour defeat could really take the wind out of their big comeback in the polls and on their strong response to the Budget, #cashforcameron and the potential fuel crisis.

00:14 – With talk of Galloway’s sensational return to Parliament the Big Brother banter has already begun. “Would you like me to be the cat?”

00:03 – Jon Craig on Sky News claiming we see result in an hour or so. 1AM sounds rather ambitious. I’d say wait for closer to 2AM. Swing to Respect from Labour could be up to 37%. Mosque elders were advising to vote Labour, young voters and women voters seemingly have done quite the contrary!

00:01 – Rumours are that Galloway took 3/4 of the Postal Vote. Seems suspiciously high but it comes with the gossip on a by election night like this!

23:56 – Awaiting the official turnout shortly. Rumours of as low as 30%. Would be a surprise considering the hype but similar scenes were seen in Feltham & Heston. May be the case that the votes in Bradford West became sick of the coverage and political hype.

23:53 – Tory MP reporting to have said that Galloway is to have won 50% of the vote! Earlier today Ladbrokes had 40/1 on Galloway winning over 40%. Even if he made 40% it would be truly shake the political landscape in 2012.

23:47 – A Tory friend of mine just informed me that we may be doing worse than I first predicted! I doubt we shall fall to 7th like he says but regardless these are very worrying times. Labour MP quoted as saying there will be “a Respect MP”. Truly astonishing what is unfolding before us.

23:43 – Rumours that Lib Dems may well have been beaten easily by UKIP. Not just this, but also we are to worry about the Green vote as well. Very worrying news for the party.

23:38 – Sky News reporting that Labour MPs are slowly conceding defeat. Galloway has reportedly won postal votes as well as three “muslim wards”. Sky calling it “sensational”. Labour “jitters” now turning into “dismay”.

23:34 – Twitter seems to be going Galloway crazy. A couple of hours ago the feed was filled with Labour confidence. The picture could not be any different now!

23:33 – Early rumours are that Galloway is edging Labour on the postal votes. If this is true then Labour will be very worried as this is where Galloway actually believed he would have lost a lot of ground to Labour. Also I’m hearing that UKIP may well be running the Tories close for 3rd. Not too sure on the Lib Dem vote at the moment but it isn’t looking good.

23:31 – Apologies for the late kick off, I’m not quite as on the ball as I was for Feltham & Heston but I shall try my best!

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