As expected Labour romped home with an increase in vote share although a drop in total votes cast due to the reduced turnout.
The shock of the night was the Lib Dem wipe out. They lost two thirds of their support, came sixth and lost their deposit. Again they are paying the price for being in coalition with the Tories. It may all be cosy at Westminster but in the country the grass-roots membership is hopping mad at the betrayal of their principles.
UKIP are the big winners of the night, more than doubling their share of the vote and pushing the Conservatives into 3rd place. We are beginning to see a trend of UKIP being the party of choice for the "protest" voter. None-of-the-above becomes UKIP at the polls.
The BNP turned in a credible performance. There was a small loss of vote share but the deposit was retained, and of course it's very satisfying to beat the so-called 3rd party of British politics, the Lib Dems.
Enis Dalton (BNP): Retained deposit and beat the Lib Dems
The lesson for the BNP is the same as it was in Oldham Central. There needs to be an accommodation with UKIP (and the English Democrats). We cannot afford to have the anti-EU, anti-immigration votes spread across several parties. At the very least all three parties should be running joint candidates, and in the longer term a merger should be considered, maybe a British National Independence Party could emerge.