A staggeringly low and understandingly apathetic voter turnout of just 48% of the people turned out to vote in the Oldham Saddleworth byelection, which Labours Debbie Abrahams won with a majority of 3,558.
Lib Dems 11,160
Labour majority 3,558
The LondonMuslim blog does a good job in deciphering what this means for Muslims in Oldham.
The Tory vote absolutely collapsed with a 11% swing from Conservatives to Labour compared with the general election results of a few months ago.
The protest vote has decided to lay the blame of the country’s problems squarely on the shoulders of the DemCons coalition government, and have turned back to Labour, the ones who got us into this mess in the first place.
With a massive 52% of people not turning upto vote at all, perhaps it’s time to enact a “I vote for none of the above” option on the ballot papers, that way those who abstain from voting can then truly stick two fingers up at the politicians.