A disappointing set of results in my county election, Farnborough North in the Hampshire constituency.
First off there was the reduction in turnout for the voters. Likely all of this is due to the snout in the trough attitude of our current and previous Parliament. In 2005 there were 6680 votes cast. This year there were 4217, a drop of 36%.
Then we had the actual vote. Seat retained by the Tories. A drop in votes for the Tories and Lib Dems but an absolutely disastrous vote for the Labour Party. Not so much the fact they came last but the collapse of their vote, down 15 percentage points. Shocking.
What we also see is the maintaining of the Independent vote, although unless something very special happens this is likely to remain at the same level until hell freezes over and beyond.
And to top it all, the BNP who didn't stand in 2005 have had a strong showing. Expected given the more time they've spent standing in the local elections and seeing their vote growing over time.
A wake up call if ever there was one.