Election 2005

*Be ready to BLOG your comments on Election Night here*

Programme of moments to watch on Election Night:

23.30pm Seats begin to declare with Houghton & Washington East, Sunderland North and Sunderland South vying to be the first to announce their results – all safe Labour seats

00.30am Putney declares. A Labour constituency (majority 2,771) and if this goes to the Conservatives it could be very significant.

1.00am Barking – Margaret Hodge is defending a maority of 9,534. Blackburn also declares where Jack Straw is being challenged by a Muslim protest vote.

1.15am Sedgefield, the Prime Minister’s constituency, where there is an anti-war candidate, declares.

1.30am Maidenhead where Theresa May faces a nailbiting moment as she discovers whether she has held on to her marginal seat (majority 3,284)

1.45am Sir Malcolm Rifkind should mark his return to Westminster with a win in Kensington and Chelsea (majority 8,771)

2.00am The Conservative candidate Ed Vaizey, will discover whether the defection of the constituency’s (Wantage, Oxfordshire) retiring MP Robert Jackson to Labour before the election has made an impact (majority 5,600)

2.30am Wyre Forest declares. Richard Taylor, a doctor and Parliament’s sole independent MP, is defending a shock 17,630 majority he won in 2001 on a platform of saving his local hospital.

3.00am Watford – Labour majority 5,555 is statistically one that the Conservatives must win to be a significant force.

Stanley Johnson, the Conservative candidate for Teignbridge, finds out whether he has become the first father to follow his son into Parliament.

3.30am Oliver Letwin, the Shadow Chancellor, learns if he has held his marginal Dorset West seat (1,414 majority)

3.45am Arundel and South Downs, the former seat of Howard Flight – Conservative Deputy Chairman – declares.

4.00am Henley result – BORIS SEAT – also Michael Howard’s seat of Folkestone & Hythe (5,907 majority)

Dorset South – Labour’s most marginal seat – failure of the Conservatives to capture this seat could be disastrous.


For full listing of all constituencies and timings see here

87 thoughts on “Election 2005”

  1. Its gonna be a long night on Thursday, isnt it? I expect we declare before midnight, all I can say is God Speed the counters, because I can’t see any sleep happening if I don’t know who’s won…
    At least Stanley And Boris will have declared by four…

  2. I wonder when Aylesbury will declare? Not that I expect any change, since David Lidington (Conservative) has had very comfortable majorities. At least Labour stand no chance in either national or local elections here…

  3. Vicus – you do have your funny moments!

    Simon – feel free to disperse the info as you wish
    Ed Vaizey is standing at Wantage – will add to the list. Many thanks

  4. 4.00am?

    I’ll be in bed, but as the town hall is 3 minutes walk away please, try to keep the noise down.

    (As for Vicus and raspberry yoghurt, that just shows how out of touch the left wing really is these days, trying to remove the nation’s favourite strawberry and force us all down the path of raspberry? Pah!)

  5. Right this does it. I’ve had enough of the election. It’s boreing this year. very boring. In fact we need to get radical. Pull down the House Of Commons. Throw all the MPs in to the street. It’s time we evened society up a bit. Send Queenie Liz II in to exile with the rest of her wastefull family and then crown Boris in Westminter Abbey. KING BORIS JOHNSON I. That’ll show all those scumbags who is boss.

  6. Awww, you know your blog is becoming more popular when the spam bots start to hit it.

    Nick, boring? Hmm, how about gladiatorial combat for each seat.

    Oh. Now I have the image of Blair and Howard in Roman outfits. Excuse me, I feel rather ill.

  7. A wee while back you did a post on the ‘political compass’. Perhaps you might enjoy this similar short test to determine your position on the ‘economic compass’.


    I hope Boris is not a Keynesian. Far too many of them in the Tory party already 🙁

  8. Have you seen these latest campaign pledges?

    “We will issue a 99p coin to save on change.” Monster Raving Loony Party

    ” Declare all debts null and void” Vote for Yourself Party

    “Free wigs, a pint of beer a day and a free holiday for all pensioners” Rock’n’Roll Loony Party

    ” All children will be given two birthdays like the Queen” Monster Raving Loony Party

    “.” Telepathic Partnership

  9. Barry Dorran’s has got the nerve to call me boring when he tries to get his gladiatorial combat kink on. But then watching a bunch of Chimps fight over the banana’s could be just what the election needs. I’ll give you 5-1Fav on John Pescott. He’ll win with that mean hook of his:)

  10. Toying with the idea of staying up overnight to ‘blog the election’ firsthand. Will probably give up when the winner becomes obvious and collapse on the sofa.

  11. Vicus/Barry Dorrans: “. . . raspberry yoghurt . . . just shows how out of touch the left wing really is these days”

    I’m also pro-raspberry. (Maybe it’s a generation thing? After all, I am nearly as old as Vicus.)

    However we are really passion fruit eaters here – we buy boxes of them and make WMD-strength passion fruit cr

  12. If comrade Dorran had read subsection 3, paragraph 4 of the findings of the working committee on “Fruit and dairy products as a sexual aid in the context of the class struggle and the emancipation of the proletariat, 1998”, he would be clear that the stated policy is that anyone is free to choose their own flavour of yoghourt, provided that it does not affect the fundamental rights of other comrades to produce and distribute soft fruit of their choice. The raspberry wing of the “Maoist-Trotskist alliance for the free expression of working class practices” has never felt the need to be judgemental about the opinions of others.

    Simon, I think the issue is less the geographical location that determines what time one chooses to retire for the evening, but rather who one would have to spend time with were one to remain up and about.

    I am glad to see the correspondents to this site focussing on the important issues at last.

    Boris, where do you stand on apricots?

  13. Melissa, this is my favourite ‘alternative’ policy, from the Church of the Militant Elvis – to plaster giant photos of British celebrities, such as Chris Evans, Jonny Vegas, Graham Norton and Ant & Dec, around airports in order to deter ‘undesirable’ foreigners from entering the country.

  14. An inspirational ode for Boris
    (penned on the banks of the Nong River 4/5/5)

    Your tousle-headed boyish charm
    Self-deprecating manner
    Your quips, bons mots would quite unarm
    A nutter with a hammer.

    May strength be yours on ‘5/5/5’
    Your elbows – extra powered
    We’ll live to fight again, of course
    When we get shot of Howard.

    So onward to that tryst with fate
    My postal votes you’ve had.
    One day you’ll lead us to the gate
    (And good luck to your Dad!)

  15. We are drawing gifted poets here

    >Your quips, bons mots would quite unarm
    A nutter with a hammer.

    lovely lines


  16. I have posted a Scottish election declaration timetable (see below).

    The first Scottish seat to be declared should be Na h-Eileanan an Iar (the Western Isles, or Outer Hebrides) where Angus McNeil of the SNP (and the beautiful isle of Barra) has a good chance of unseating the pro-war Labour ex-MP Calum MacDonald (of the isle of Lewis). (The fact they come from opposite ends of the archipelago may be significant.)

    To add a bit of style and pizzazz the ballot boxes are being collected by helicopter.


  17. So what are you going to do with your party of whinners after you get trounced again?

    Your attempts to hang a unjust war label failed, you knew it would. You have no soul as conversatives but that of lost, probably closet liberals.

    If you didn’t see this coming you were nuts.

    Bring back Maggie, be tough, do the right thing.

  18. General Election today

    In honour of today’s UK General Election (for which polling stations across the country have just opened), I will list some of Tony Blair’s achievements in office, and the manifesto commitments (from 2001) that relate to them.

    272% increase in unive…

  19. Good one, Monkey – confident outlook for Boris!

    Last time his winning speech included something like … ” and now it’s time for breakfast”

    (am feeling a few nervous tingles, I must admit)

  20. The ‘balance of money’ prediction at Political Betting this evening is for a majority of 92 for Labour.

    Would anybody here like to make a prediction?

    Mine is for a Labour majority of 75. (I hope I am not being too optimistic.)

  21. Not long to go now

    By this time tomorrow we should know the way the election is going. Boris Johnson’s site actually has a useful guide to the expected times of key announcements (in GMT). One other result to look for is the Finchley and…

  22. Simon

    It’s got to be under 100

    Would love 100 seats to be knocked off – therefore 61

    How many are you predicting for the SNP?

  23. For those people who are registered with yougov.com their election day poll has a question on who should replace Howard if the Torys lose.

    Boris is on there 🙂

  24. Barry – not in bed, no way! how could I catch a moment’s sleep with all this going on? Will be on the airwaves here: ready to blog. Please post your reactions to the results.

    Guess on Boris’s majority? was over 8,000…deserves double that at least, let’s hope for over 10,000

  25. Some thoughts on UK election day.

    I happen to live in a consituancy where our Member of Parliment is rather high profile. Setting aside the general campaigning which, as usual, seems to revolve around Labour and the Conservatives attacking the respective opposition leaders and the Libe…

  26. Melissa: “How many are you predicting for the SNP?”

    Seven seats in total. We will be watching 10 seats closely, expecting to get six or seven.

    The Liberal Democrats will probably do well. Westminster LibDems are a lot more popular than the Holyrood variety.

  27. 4.01am Melissa dances round Henley Town Hall in her underwear.

    Dorset South: Missing out on this seat would be no great disaster for Conservatives – Ed Matts completely wrecked his campaign on the first day with his campaign literature gaffe and has been struggling ever since. He may still sneak in if enough Labour voters defect to the Libs Dems. Like me, for example.

  28. Scaryduck – how outrageous!

    You’re pretty crucial in Dorset South … keep in our crew and vote Blue

  29. Only one?

    and… ah, your vote might have been different had you remained a Henley resident…

  30. This may be absurdly simplistic, but focusing on the 80 most marginal Labour seats, and making some assumptions, this is my election guide:

    2% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 10 seats
    4.5% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 20 seats
    6% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 30 seats
    8% anti-Labour swing= Labour lose 40 seats
    9% anti-Labour swing= Labour lose 50 seats
    10% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 60 seats
    11% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 70 seats
    12% anti-Labour swing = Labour lose 80 seats and their majority in the House of Commons

  31. … the suspense is terrifying and killing … six more nailbiting hours to go !!!!

    Keep all comments coming so we get a balanced outlook …

  32. Simon – correct me if I’m wrong but a 12% swing would be one of the largest swings in the last 100 years? Would it not.

    Mellissa – the suspense must be terrifying – after all you could be out of a job tomarrow morning:( GOOD LUCK:)

  33. Nick:”a 12% swing would be one of the largest swings in the last 100 years? Would it not.”

    I would think so. The 1997 swing to Labour was apparently 10.5%. It’s almost impossible for the Tories and the Lib Dems to win – even in tandem.

    I think we may see some big swings in individual seats (Sedgefield and Blackburn?) but I can’t see it in Britain overall.

  34. Nick: Melissa’s got other irons in the fire, and will be appearing on ITV’s Celebrity Wrestling on Saturday belting Cherie Blair with a ski pole should Boris lose his seat. Luckily, Boris isn’t going to lose his seat, and I look forward to another classic speech (“Let us return to our homes and prepare for breakfast”) from the master.

  35. Boris is the best boss in London so am strongly rooting for the Blue vote in Henley

  36. Here are the swings at past British general elections from 1945.

    + = Conservative gain
    – = Labour gain

    1945 -12%
    1950 +2.9%
    1951 +1.1%
    1955 +1.8%
    1959 +1.2%
    1964 -3.1%
    1966 +2.8%
    1970 +4.9%
    1974 -0.8%
    1974 -2.2%
    1979 +5.3%
    1983 +4.1%
    1987 -1.7%
    1992 -2.1%
    1997 -10.2%
    2001 +1.8%

    This information is from:
    http://www.parliament.uk/commons/ lib/research/notes/snSG-02608.pdf

  37. I want to stay up to watch the election but I can’t because I’ve got my English SAT tomorrow. How inconsiderate of them.
    Although I support the Lib Dems in my area I still want Boris to win. Good Luck.

  38. Love your pseudonym – piggysqueak – and much appreciate your thought

    Good luck in your SAT!

  39. Boris writes:

    I’ve just been standing in a Conservative committee room
    watching the votes spool ever upwards like house prices in
    Oxfordshire; I am therefore full of confidence that whatever
    happens we are now seeing the end of the Blair premiership.
    Even if – which I do not for a moment concede – Tony Blair hangs on
    to his job tonight, he will find it increasingly unbearable. Not
    only will he face a revived and invigorated Tory party, but
    also ranged behind him will be the vengeful spirits of his
    backbenchers, consumed with self-loathing for what they
    supported in Iraq, and determined to jugulate Mr Tony as soon
    as they can. It will not be a pretty sight

  40. UK votes today

    The United Kingdom is holding a general election and local elections today. The polls are closed, and the first results are expected to be declared at about 5:30 p.m. CDT. Iain Murray will be live-blogging the election. Writer and Conservative MP Boris…

  41. Election night timetable

    I put this up yesterday but I’m continually adding to the information. Please let me know if there are any errors! Here are approximate times for all the Scottish constituency declarations, and the top 40 Labour marginals (plus a few others), bas…

  42. The result in sunderland might be flaky, lovely, but that doesn’t mean Labour won’t win. Mine has been a safe labour seat for bleams (say nothing Mac!) but a conservative council won recently for the first time in 20 years. I was amazed to see Stourbridge as a marginal. Discontentment with Labour should have been acted on and had the backing of central office. I’ve seen nothing of the Tory candidate and had only ONE leaflet from both conservative and LibDem.

    Sadly, Boz Cat, not everyone seems to have the initiative and vigour of the Johnsons.

    On an extreemly trivial note: did anyone see The full Monty tonight? By ‘eck the Johnsons are sittin’ on a fortune!

  43. I have a horrible feeling that my 0730 start is going to be on less than 3 hours sleep. There should be rules against this!

    Assuming Boris voted for himself, i can guarantee he gets at least 2 votes. Which, hopefully, will actually be the total votes received for all the rest of the candidates…giving boris a record majority. Hopefully.

    When’s he on TV tonight, which channel, and where is he? If i wander into town, can i blag a coffee off him?

    Right…time to go sellotape my eyelids open…

  44. He’s just been on BBC with Jeremy Paxman, Ian Hislop and some Labour twit who just steam rollers over everyone.
    This election is very important I know, but I get SO fed up with Labour that it really does make me want to either switch off or be very silly. No wonder people just turn away from the whole process.

  45. Glad I saw it – Ian Hislop has legs! They go all the way to the floor and everything! Bless.

  46. Hislop gone, but Boris still in studio…looking marvelously dishevelled in his usual ineffable style!

  47. well done for staying up Psimon – it’s getting more exciting by the minute: Putney going Blue!

  48. ITV have 73 seats declared, BBC have 44…exciting? i’m just getting confused!

    Any sniffs on how Henley went?

  49. Recount in Battersea. I’m tired now but want to see how Stanley does in Teignbridge. Is he blogging?

  50. Psimon – too early for Henley..

    Stanley blogs on Channel 4 site the day after..

    Simon Holledge – good news for you with the Western Isles!

  51. Really fascinating. I was expecting to read other blogs but instead I ended up concentrating on my own and trying to keep up with the results as they came in.

    SNP result was OK. Winning the Western Isles was great but Ochil & South Perthshire was disappointing. The Liberal Democrats did well here in Scotland, rather as I expected.

    Difficult to know what pressures will now be on Blair.

    What is the majority supposed to be now?

    Maybe you will be right, Melissa?

  52. Congratulations to Boris. Am I the last person posting here?

    Melissa, the Labour majority is being predicted at 66. You were close. How did you get on with those bottles of whatever it was?

  53. Simon – not much consumed on the bottle front as it was all too gripping.

    Am very bleary-eyed and will rest to be ready for the challenges of next week!

    Good to hear from you

  54. Blogging the dawn

    I attempted to follow all the Scottish seats and the top 40 Labour marginals – entirely on the internet, without a television. Before counting started, I had listed all these seats with approximate declaration times. It was impossible. The declaration …

  55. I have trackbacked on Boris’s result, but just to say that I believe that Labour have won with the lowest percentage popular vote in British history.

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