Well, what a huge let down the election for the Mid Sussex MP was. Serena Tierney totally mucked up. Nicholas Soames INCREASED the gap between the Conservatives and Lib Dems in Mid Sussex.
Serena Tierney responded to the result via the midsussexlibdems website."
"Serena would like to say thank you for all those who supported her in Mid Sussex saying "Very many people told me how good our campaign was and the effect is clear in the 3000+ increase in our general election vote. In the end, the percentage difference between us and the Tories has hardly changed. The Tories clearly benefited from the electorate's determination to get rid of an unpopular and incompetent Labour government."|
So Serena has the excuse that the Conservatives did well as more people came out to vote for the party that could best displace Gordon Brown. I don't buy that excuse at all. Those that watched the televised debates between the three main party leaders would have been impressed by Nick Clegg, and if anything, would have felt compelled to perhaps vote of the Liberal Democrats for the first time.
Looking at the figures, Soames received 4564 more votes than in 2005. Tierney gained an extra 3052. The total score was Cons 28,329 versus Lib Dems 20,927.
What now for Tierney?
As for Tierney, she is sticking around as the Lib Dem's parliamentary candidate for Mid Sussex.
Why bother? She's lost in two elections now. Her campaign heavily concentrated on Soames being a part time MP, but where did that get her? Is she the right person to try and defeat the Conservatives in Mid Sussex, I don't think she is.
Lib Dems nationally
But what does it all matter now anyway? The Lib Dems are sacrificing what they stand for in order to ride on the coattails of the Conservatives. I imagine Nick Clegg is about to alienate thousands of Lib Dem supporters around the country as he signs his party up to to share in the blame when huge cuts are made to cut the national deficit. With Gordon Brown resigning as leader of the Labour Party, it seems the reds will be best placed if an early election is called.
Insight into Soames on the election trail
Finally, he's a little tidbit for you, here's an interview the Times conducted with Nicholas Soames a few days prior to the election. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/election_2010/article7116104.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797084