Inverclyde result

Labour hold.
Lab : 15118
SNP : 9280
Tory: 2784
Lib Dem: 627 (I’m not joking)
UKIP: 288


  • Or, with a spot more detail:

    Iain McKenzie (Scottish Labour) 15,118 (53.8%, -2.2%)
    Anne McLaughlin (SNP) 9,280 (33.0%, +15.5%)
    David Wilson (Con) 2,784 (9.9%, -2.1%)
    Sophie Bridger (LD) 627 (2.2%, -11.1%)
    Mitch Sorbie (UKIP) 288 (1.0%, -0.1%)

    With the LD exception, it’s almost like Alice:

    First [the Dodo] marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (the exact shape doesn’t matter, it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no One, two, three, and away, but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out The race is over! and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, But who has won?

    This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.

    In the wider Greenock and Inverclyde constituency the figures, with comparisons for 2007 were:

    Duncan McNeil (Scottish Labour ) 12,387 (43.9%, -0.2)
    Stuart McMillan (SNP) 11,876 (42.1%, +13.6)
    Graeme Brooks (Tory) 2,011 (7.1%, -4.1)
    Ross Finnie (LD) 1,934 (6.9%, -9.4)

    So Labour, having lost a strong candidate with good personal support, more than held its own. The Nats didn’t get their scalp; but from the moment they nominated a carpet-bagging candidate clearly had slight hopes. The Tories are doing as well as could be expected. And the UKIPper was along for the ride.

    Which leaves one puzzling where on earth the LibDims go from here.

    But, Dewi it’s only thee and me that’s interested. By the way, still looking for your post on Edwina Hart (for those not in the loop, see Now apply the lesson to NI. In her position, I’d have been tempted to echo the celebrated response in Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).

  • Greenflag

    The turnout was 45% so less than half the electorate bothered and those who did vote seem to have decided to keep the SNP in Scotland and let Labour carry the can for Westminster .

    As to where do the Lib Dems go from here ? There is a place called Erewhon which is a sheep station on New Zealand’s south island 😉


    As it’s Friday I thought you might be interested to know that your name has become one of the more popular choices for the newly born in the Republic but they spell it differently i.e Daithi . Jack however remains the favourite for males with Tyler and Sebastian also rans . For the other gender Sophie is the favourite with Lily and Lena in contention .

    And further on the name front I note that we have reached rock bottom in our financial crisis as we see the ‘guilty’ get a name change to presumably help with their ‘rehabilitation ‘ .

    The former Anglo Irish Bank now merged with the Irish Nationwide Building Society will henceforth be named the IBRC -the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation –

    Hardly had the letters been removed from Anglo’s office on Stephen’s Green than disrespectful local Jackeens are already calling it the Irish Bank Robbers Co.

    Does anybody know of any bank anywhere on this planet or perhaps on any other in this case that uses the word Resolution in it’s titular verbiage ?

    Where do they come from these gobshites :(?

  • Greenflag

    oops forgot the link for this momentous day of rehabilitation 🙁

  • Dewi

    ” Now apply the lesson to NI. In her position, I’d have been tempted to echo the celebrated response in Arkell v. Pressdram (1971).”

    Brilliant Malcolm

  • There’s none so blind as those …

    I realise there are better, and more immediate examples of moral blindness closer to home (especially around the Albertbridge Road), but this one stunned even cynical me:

    … last night a source close to Mr Clegg suggested that the [Inverclyde] result had more to do with the fact that the Lib Dems in Scotland tried to disown the Deputy Prime Minister and the coalition, and that voters had seen through the tactic.

    He compared the Scottish approach with the one in Wales, where Lib Dems had been more supportive of the coalition and lost far less ground.