election special

Ladies Day

As UK workers brace themselves for yet another 5 years of poverty, inadequacy and days on end of horizontal rain, I couldn't help remembering. 10 years ago my Uncle was admitted to a Sheffield NHS hospital for routine surgery. Due to lack of beds after the event, he was transferred to a private hospital under an overspill agreement between it and the NHS. He died of septicaemia 3 days later.

Lucas, right, with party members from Brighton

On a more serious note, congratulations to Caroline Lucas who held the seat of Brighton Pavilion for The Greens. Ms. Lucas increased her majority in the 2010 election, to over 8000 votes. She then sat on the floor and did yoga whilst eating lentils. Pass the weed please. Doctor.

Miss Wallaston, centre, surrounded by horse riders
celebrates victory

No such luck for The Greens in Totnes where Sarah Wollaston tripled the tory majority to 18000. She spent the day in the saddle, riding around the polling stations by tandem. How oh so jolly green of her. Cream teas and carrot cake all round at The Seven Stars this afternoon. With hardly any voters left, UKIP came second

McVey, holding the victory speech which never was,
extends her heartfelt congratulations
Liverpool. Socialist Margaret Greenwood takes Wirral West for Labour from Oxford Street shopping specialist, tory Esther McVey by just 417 votes. No hard feelings there then.

Without the rosettes, you'd never tell which was which, would you. Oh, and nice scarf.