Btw; any damages I recover from the NUS for defamation will be donated to Defence Fund for Julian Assange and Bradley Manning
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) October 1, 2012
Warning: this blog discusses rape.
Since May 2010, there have been six by-elections, and every one of them a hold for Labour until last night.
Eoin Clarke very nicely shows that the biggest slide towards George Galloway was among Tory voters. (Update: And more realistically, Matthew Butcher notes that Galloway’s victory should be a wake-up call to the left – GG campaigned on an anti-austerity platform in a constituency where a Labour council had implemented ConDem cuts.)
But the 2010 election results for Bradford West had Labour winning with a margin over 14 percentage higher than the Tories: 2.9% of formerly-Tory voters were voting Labour: Bradford West was a safe seat, in ordinary UK Parliamentary understanding.