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Election blog, part three

May 6th, 2005 (06:54 am)

I got back from the SocT party at 5.50am this morning, just in time to see David Dimbleby and company wrap up the overnight phase of BBC 1's election coverage and hand over to Dermot Murnaghan and Natasha Kaplinsky for 'Breakfast'.

Watching the election coverage in a group made for a welcome change. Four years ago I was on my own in bed following probably the most boring election of all time. This time there were cross-currents of conversation going on and I just didn't have enough ears or mouths to join all of them. Shona took on the burden of hosting the party and was very good at it - the four cheese bread was great and I must buy some strawberries from Sainsbury's, as they are splendid. SSG made a great contribution by spontaneously offering, and then spending three-quarters of an hour making, crepes.

More later on, but sleep is now calling me!

Comments

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: May 6th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)

I wish I'd had an election party to go to! I tried watching it by myself, but its not the same, and I fell asleep around 1.30.

Sounds like I didn't miss that much anyway.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 6th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)

It wasn't a 1997-style transformation, but it was still dramatic, with lots of narrow majorities and a few shocks, such as Blaenau Gwent and Bethnal Green and Bow.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: May 6th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)

I note with interest the the BBC results site (springing from the news front page) lists Oxford East as a narrow hold for LAB, with LD getting +11% while LAB were -12. But its worrying how close CON were to LD in Oxford West (all them rural Tories in Abingdon I suppose).

Still it was nearly an entirely gold Oxford!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 6th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)

Yes - it's a great pity that SteveG didn't win in Oxford East - it would have been good to have a DSoc member in the Commons too. I think Steve would have been a good constituency MP, though he lives in Wolvercote rather than in Blackbird Leys like Andrew Smith, which probably counts with a few Labour voters. The Independent Working Class Association, the Labour splinter group who pick up a number of council votes, and maybe a seat or two, didn't do particularly well in the parliamentary vote, though this is not particularly surprising.