Making History: Labour's 3rd Term: ELECTION BY NUMBERS.
OTHERS: 26 SEATS
Democratic Unionist Party: 9. Scottish Nationalist Party: 6. Plaid Cymru: 3. Sinn Fein: 3. Ulster Unionist Party: 1. Respect: 1. Social Democratic and Labour Party: 1. Independent Peter Law: 1. Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern:1.
TURNOUT: 26,905,309 62%
Peak BBC audience for 10.45pm first result
Number of seats lost by Labour in Scotland
Candidates in Blair's constituency .. a record
Number of Labour seats in London
WITH 640 RESULTS of 646
Age of the youngest MP, Lib Dem Jo Swanson
0 Number of seats won by the BNP
Average BBC audience with David Dimbleby.. ITV pulled in 1.7million with brother Jonathan
16% Percentage of votes won by BNP in Barking
Biggest majority.. Thomas Clarke (Labour) in Chryston and Bellshill
What punter won with a pounds 10,000 bet on Labour to be biggest single party
LABOUR rebel Bob Marshall-Andrews predicted he would lose Medway before the declaration, but scraped home by 213.
Tony Blair may wish he'd been right after the outspoken MP branded the PM "our principal liability" because of the Iraq war. "Plainly the message is he has served his time," the Kent MP said.
Peter Law enjoyed an eye-catching win at Blaenau Gwent, Labour's
fifth safest seat. The Labour rebel stood as an Independent in protest at all-women shortlists.
He overturned Labour's near-20,000 majority for an advantage of his own of 9,121.
"This is what you get when you don't listen to people," he said.
In Wyre Forest, Dr Richard Taylor held on to his seat on an Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern ticket, despite a 18.2 per cent swing towards the Tories.
Philip Davies, 33, took a year's holiday entitlement from his management job at Asda to fight Shipley in West Yorks. He toppled Labour to scrape home by 422.
HONEST Health Minister Melanie Johnson confessed "I didn't expect to win" after seeing her 1,196 majority in Welwyn Hatfield in Herts turned into a 5,000 Tory majority. "I was one of the most marginal seats in the country and you can only buck the trend so far."
The highest-profile Tory loser was shadow education secretary Tim Collins, the only casualty of the Liberal Democrat "decapitation" strategy of targeting top Tories.
Mr Collins was "very surprised" at losing Westmorland and Lonsdale, Cumbria.
He said the party's 2005 campaign was too negative and called for a return to "sunny, optimistic Conservatism".
Former Home Office minister Barbara Roche lost Hornsey and Wood Green in London with a 14.57 per cent swing to the victorious Liberal Democrats.
Junior minister Chris Leslie - seen as a rising star - lost Shipley, West Yorks, to the Tories by just 422 votes. Junior Work and Pensions Minister Chris Pond lost Gravesham in Kent to the Tories by 654 votes.
INDEPENDENT: Peter Law; DEFEATED: Melanie Johnson
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 7, 2005|
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