Election results

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MoominDave, May 7, 2010.

  1. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Some weird results out there this morning... Can't believe the Conservatives have taken Oxford West and Abingdon off Lib Dem Evan Harris, one of the most intelligent and switched-on MPs in parliament, with a previously comfortable majority - or that Andrew Smith held on to Oxford East, which the Lib Dems very nearly took last time.

    So there we go, a red island swimming in a veritable ocean of blue. Seems like the increased turnout gave a vote in favour of the same-old same-old two-party carve-up... Disappointing.

    I see the Tories have regained a seat in Scotland - striking though still how few seats they hold in the geographical extremes - Scotland, Wales, NI - the people there will feel disenfranchised by a Conservative administration, not a good thing. It intrigues me though how people in these regions continue to vote so strongly for Labour even after the party betrayed its principles and most of those voters over the last decade and a half. If they feel that they can't trust the Tories, why do they feel that they can trust Labour? It doesn't make any sense...
     
  2. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Minor correction - I see that the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale seat has actually been Tory since 2005. Missed that one last time!
     
  3. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

  4. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    I should stop talking to myself now...
     
  5. JesTperfect!

    JesTperfect! Member

    I'll talk.

    Quite how Camborne/Redruth has gone blue, I don't know.

    SIXTY votes in it. Sixty.
    I'd be wearing yellow in protest if I actually owned any yellow clothing.
     
  6. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    I'm sure they feel really disenfranchised with their free prescriptions, lack of University fees and their own parliament or assembly!
     
  7. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I could cope without the pointless talking-shop of a regional assembly - but I'd happily sign up for the rest.

    Brighouse has gone Tory. 7.6% swing away from labour.

    There's gonna need to be some dirty deals done for anyone to secure an outright majority.....
     
  8. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    I see Michael Foster, an MP who was on the Parliamentary Party Group on Brass Bands has lost his seat in Hastings.
     
  9. popmills

    popmills New Member

    Do we realy want a Parliamentary group on brass bands everything mp's look at breaks and turns to ash
     
  10. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    If we don't want to see the death of brass bands in our lifetime... yes. We need all the support we can get.
     
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  12. still learnin

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    He occasionally attended brass band concerts in the park on a Sunday afternoon, didn't know that he had a brass band connection though. I'm sure that all of the brass band players in the Hastings area would have voted for him if they'd only known, wouldn't have had much of an impact on the outcome though!
     
  13. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    Ah....that explains the Icelandic volcano ;)
     
  14. floppymute

    floppymute Member

    Does anyone know the fate of any others on that committee?
     
  15. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Last meeting appears to have been 14th July 09 and these are the members listed. My local mp's are not on there

    MEMBERS
    PETER ATKINSON
    KEVIN BARRO
    JOHN BATTLE
    RICHARD BENYON
    COLIN BURGON
    RONALD CAMPBELL
    MICHAEL CLAPHAM
    DAVID CRAUSBY
    PHILIP DAVIES
    DAVID DREW
    BILL ETHERINGTON
    MICHAEL J FOSTER
    JULIA GOLDSWORTHY
    LINDSAY HOYLE
    MARK HUNTER
    ERIC ILLSLEY
    MICHAEL JACK
    DENIS MACSHANE
    DENIS MURPHY
    GWEN PROSSER
    LAURANCE ROBERTSON
    DAN ROGERSON
    TERRY ROONEY
    MARSHA SINGH
    DAVID TAYLOR
    NEIL TURNER
    GEORGE YOUNG
     
  16. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    I have a yellow shirt, theres no accounting for taste though...... :tongue:
     
  17. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    PETER ATKINSON Con Hexham - did not stand for re-election
    KEVIN BARRON Lab Rother Valley - held seat (there is no Kevin Barro - assume this is right?)
    JOHN BATTLE Lab Leeds West - did not stand for re-election
    RICHARD BENYON Con Newbury - held seat
    COLIN BURGON Lab Elmet - did not stand for re-election
    RONALD CAMPBELL Lab Blyth Valley - held seat
    MICHAEL CLAPHAM Lab Barnsley West and Penistone - did not stand for re-election
    DAVID CRAUSBY Lab Bolton North East - held seat
    PHILIP DAVIES Con Shipley - held seat

    DAVID DREW Lab Stroud - lost seat
    BILL ETHERINGTON Lab Sunderland North - did not stand for re-election
    MICHAEL J FOSTER Lab Hastings and Rye - lost seat
    JULIA GOLDSWORTHY LD Falmouth and Camborne - lost seat
    LINDSAY HOYLE Lab Chorley - held seat
    MARK HUNTER LD Cheadle - held seat
    ERIC ILLSLEY Lab Barnsley Central - held seat

    MICHAEL JACK Con Fylde - did not stand for re-election
    DENIS MACSHANE Lab Rotherham - held seat
    DENIS MURPHY Lab Wansbeck - did not stand for re-election
    GWYN PROSSER Lab Dover - lost seat (there is no Gwen Prosser - assume this is right?)
    LAURENCE ROBERTSON Con Tewkesbury - held seat (corrected spelling of Laurence from list - there is no Laurance Robertson)
    DAN ROGERSON LD North Cornwall - held seat

    TERRY ROONEY Lab Bradford North - lost seat
    MARSHA SINGH Lab Bradford West - held seat
    DAVID TAYLOR Lab NW Leicestershire - died 26/12/09
    NEIL TURNER Lab Wigan - did not stand for re-election
    GEORGE YOUNG Con NW Hampshire - held seat

    So, of the 27 MPs on that list, only 13 are still in parliament.
     
  18. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    Of the ones that didn't stand, how many claimed for a brass instrument on their expenses?
     
  19. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Really?

    You don't honestly think that parlimentary support for the brass band will save it do you?

    Brass Bands will exist for as long as people want to listen to them. If nobody wants to listen, why should we survive?
     
  20. still learnin

    still learnin Member

    Perhaps the next government will reduce working hours, internet access and other leisure activities to encourage people to attend band rehearsals and jobs (with special payments for home practice, arriving on time and with music in order) that would help keep it going. Yeah, I'm whistling "Beautiful Dreamer" as I type!
     
  21. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    Your re-elected Labour Leader (Jeremy Birch) in Hastings sat next to me in the Hastings Youth Band many years ago - perhaps you could pull him out of retirement!
     
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