The results are in from yesterday's by-election in the constituency of Henley-on-Thames; previous incumbent one Boris Johnson, now mayor of London. The numbers are as follows:-
John Howell - Conservatives, 19,796 (56.95%, 3.46% increase on 2005 general election share of vote)
Stephen Kearney - Liberal Democrats, 9,680 (27.85%, 1.84%)
Mark Stevenson - Greens, 1,321 (3.80%, 0.54%)
Timothy Rait - British National Party, 1,243 (3.58%)
Richard McKenzie - Labour, 1,066 (3.07%, -11.68%)
Chris Adams, UK Independence Party, 843 (2.43%, -0.07%)
Bananaman Owen - Monster Raving Loony Party, 242 (0.70%)
Derek Allpass - English Democrats, 157 (0.45%)
Amanda Harrington - Independent (Miss Great Britain Party), 128 (0.37%)
Dick Rodgers - The Common Good, 121 (0.35%)
Louise Cole - Independent (Miss Great Britain Party), 91 (0.26%)
Harry Bear - The Fur Play Party, 73 (0.21%)
Electorate 69,086 - Turnout 34,761 (50.32%, -17.58%)
The significance of these results is not that the Tory candidate won by a vast margin, that was always going to happen, but rather that the Labour candidate was pushed into fifth place behind the Lib-Dems, Greens and BNP. He lost his deposit.
Also interesting is that the BNP came from nowhere to take 3.6 percent of the vote - nowhere because they have never previously contested this constituency. This make them the fastest growing party of them all; and Labour the fastest shrinking.