I suppose my question is: if the turnout is so low, why does it take so long to count a handful of votes? In some areas, turnout was as low as 1.08%. If a candidate is elected on such a low turnout, shouldn’t there be a re-run of the election?
I’ve mentioned it before but the Tories complain when union strike ballots are around 35%. They claim that strike action is “invalid”. Yet they say nothing when some political nobody is elected with 35,000 votes out of a total electorate of 520,000.
Meanwhile in the 3 by-elections that took place, Labour won Manchester Central and Penarth. The Corby result has yet to be declared but I expect Labour to win. UKIP may well push the Tories into third place.