My view of the Phil Woolas debacle was that, while I was glad to see the back of him, I was less than pleased with the idea of courts deciding who should be the winner of an electoral contest. That is the job of the electorate. Possibly people in Oldham shared my view and helped to turn a marginal Labour seat into a fairly safe one though the junior Cleggeron maintains that the Lib-Dims will win it back next time. Hmm. Maybe.
In the meantime, here are the full results. The turn out was 48 per cent, considerably lower than at the General Election but not particularly low for a by-election:
Labour: 14,718 (42.1%)
Lib Dems: 11,160 (31.9%)
Conservatives: 4,481 (12.8%)
Ukip: 2,029 (5.8%)
BNP: 1,560 (4.5%)
Green Party: 530 (1.5%)
Monster Raving Loony Party: 145 (0.4%)
English Democrats: 144 (0.4%)
Pirate Party: 96 (0.2%)
Bus Pass Elvis Party: 67 (0.1%)
UKIP, I am very pleased to say, saved its deposit, increased both its vote and its share of the vote and beat both the BNP and the miserable Greens. Nevertheless, it would be good to see more people actually voting for one of the smaller parties instead of skulking at home.