Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bloody Nose for Tory-Lib Dem Coalition

I am already pursuing one of my resolutions – at least I have made a small start. I have managed to get five Sunway staffers to agree to join me to start a Toastmasters club here at the University.

Labor’s winning candidate Debbie Abrahams. Photo credit:

UK voters have sent a "very clear message" to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance as they suffered a bloody nose in their first by-election test. Clegg’s party failed to overturn a wafer-thin Labor majority in Oldham East and Saddleworth (a county constituency in Greater Manchester), even though the sitting Labor MP was disqualified for lying about his opponent during the general election campaign.

There was a flurry of accusations against the Tories that they had intentionally fought an uninspired campaign in a shallow attempt to give the Lib-Dems a clear run. Needless to say, the Tory vote collapsed spectacularly (i.e. they managed only 4,481 votes). Labor extended their majority from just 103 at the general election last May to 3,558 votes.

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