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By-Elections: Lib Dem Landslide Win in Tiverton and Honiton, Labour Victory in Wakefield, Northern Independence Party Beaten by Official Monster Raving Party.

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Official Monster Raving Loony Party: Celebrating Victory Over Northern Independence Party Till the Wee Hours.

Tiverton and Honiton:

The Liberal Democrats have overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

A dramatic swing of almost 30% from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord achieve a majority of 6,144 in the Devon constituency on Thursday.



Labour has won the Wakefield by-election to regain the West Yorkshire seat it lost to the Conservatives at the 2019 General Election.

Simon Lightwood defeated Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed by 4,925 votes in the poll to overturn a majority of 3,358.

The vote followed the resignation of ex-Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who was jailed in May for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008.

The victory signifies Labour’s first by-election gain since Corby in 2012.


Trainspotters did not fail to notice the triumph of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, candidate Sir Archibald Earl Eaton Stanton 171 ballot papers over their so-called rivals of the Northern Independence Party (NIP) – represented by Christopher Jones, 84 votes.

It was not long ago that the leftish media published respectful articles about the newly founded NIPs. Created by the thinker, Phillip Proudfoot, the scion of an ancient Hobbit family known to J.R. Tolkien, was seen as potentially “the start of a more general realignment in British politics”. A piece in New Left Review declared that the Nippers were no “unicium” (translation, one-off). It had a place in the “remarkable rise in regionalist sentiment; conflicts between Catalans, Basques and Spaniards, Northerners and mezzogiornisti, Flemings and Walloons all puncture the post-national age.”

What were its politics? ” The nip is demanding that the uk Parliament hold a referendum on an Independent Northern England, with a ‘yes’ vote leading to ‘the establishment of a sovereign Northern Republic.’” The self-identifying democratic socialist party called for the creation of an independent state restoring an ancient anglo-saxon kingdom in Northumbria that had existed between the 7th and 10th century.

Proudfoot’s party has friendly relations with the more borders Left Unity party (who also back Scottish nationalist plans to create more European frontiers), and other micro parties in the Left. A high point was enthusiastically reported by the anti-Labour site Skwawkbox, “NIP, Breakthrough Party, Left Unity, TUSC and others announce new PAL electoral coalition.” (20.1.22) The alt news site Novara Media was still describing NIP as a significant force back in April, “The Northern Independence Party Is a Triple Threat to Labour. Strong northern identity, unapologetic socialism and passionate activists – the NIP has everything Starmer doesn’t.” Ell Folan.

Pal’s friendship with TUSC was not to last – there was an acrimonious bust up over George Galloway a few months ago. But the Nips did not faced any left competition in the Wakefield election. The field, we might say, was clear for their “unapologetic socialism” and fired up supporters.


It looks as if not only the Monster Raving Loonies have beaten the NIPs but that what regionalist feeling there is in Wakefield has been captured by the social democratic Yorkshire Party, which “campaigns for the establishment of a devolved Yorkshire Assembly within the UK, with powers over education, environment, transport and housing.” Their candidate, David Herdson, scored a respectable 1182 votes.

AHMED, NadeemThe Conservative Party Candidate824130.0
AKBAR, AkefIndependent20907.6
BICKERDIKE, PaulChristian Peoples Alliance1440.5
DODGSON, MickFreedom Alliance. Real People. Real Alternative1870.7
EARL ‘EATON, Sir Archibald StantonThe Official Monster Raving Loony Party1710.6
FRANSEN, JaydaIndependent230.1
GASKELL, Jordan JamesUK Independence Party (UKIP)1240.5
HERDSON, David John RowntreeYorkshire Party11824.3
HIRST, ThereseEnglish Democrats – `Putting England First`1350.5
JONES, Christopher RichardNorthern Independence Party – Nationalise Energy Companies840.3
LIGHTWOOD, Simon Robert (Elected)Labour Party1316647.9
NEEDLE, Jamie LukeLiberal Democrats5081.8
ROUTH, Ashley Theo BlueGreen Party5872.1
SIMON, AshleaBritain First – No To Immigration3111.1
WALSH, ChrisReform UK5131.9
Spoiled Votes62
% turnout39.5
Total Votes27,466

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  1. Disgraced Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan whose resignation caused the bye election is the brother of ICC prosecutor Karim AA Khan in charge of “investigating and prosecuting war crimes in Ukraine.

    Arwyn Thomas

    June 24, 2022 at 10:23 am

  2. Andrew Coates

    June 24, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    • So they’re going to take to the South Downs to start the Revolution ?


      June 25, 2022 at 12:07 am

  3. This was another appalling performance by Labour, despite Starmer trying to proclaim it as a momentous victory. Turnout fell to below 40% and Labour’s vote fell to 13,000 even compared to the 18,000 Labour secured in 2019 when they lost the seat!

    It has all the hallmarks of Macron’s pyrrhic “victory”. Compared to the performance of the Liberals in Tiverton who swept past a previously second placed Labour, in the seat, Labour’s win was anaemic. In Tiverton, Labour’s vote fell by 90% similar to what happened in North Shropshire where they had also previously been second.

    Starmer’s strategy of wrapping himself in the butcher’s apron and collapsing into jingoism in search of the votes of petty-bourgeois bigots and Brexiters has clearly failed miserably, made worse by his dropping of even the mildly progressive economic policies of Corbynism, and his demoralisation of party members. No doubt some would portray this as him doing this to show himself a safe bet for the ruling class, but the ruling class certainly doesn’t want Brexit nationalism either. If anyone is going to wear that mantle its going to be the Liberals, so Starmer won’t even be able to do a Blair in mobilising that ruling class support either.


    June 24, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    • Is this the new Boffy-Skwawkbox rotten bloc?

      “Keir Starmer’s Labour has crossed the line into outright lies as it rather desperately tries to spin its uninspired performance in yesterday’s Wakefield by-election as a sign the party isn’t regarded by voters as a less honest and less interesting version of the Tories.”

      “The reality is that Wakefield was the drabbest result for a badly-led, visionless Labour in many senses to the right of the Tories, unable to look good even against a disgraced and reeling Conservative party.

      Trying to polish that turd has seen Labour cross the line into outright fantasy fiction.”


      Andrew Coates

      June 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

      • Given that I have never visited Skwawkbox, or have any idea what they might say on anything, and given what I know about their politics from what I have read here, I think I can very confidently answer your question with a very firm NO. Given, that as far as I know of their politics from reading your comments about them, they seem to be pro-Brexiter, reactionary petty-bourgeois themselves, a position I am militantly hostile too, and given my comments about why Labour lost, and is losing given its own petty-bourgeois nationalist politics, I am highly surprised that you would even make such a statement, which rather has the appearance, then, of an old style Stalinist amalgam than an honest bit of politics.

        I rather believe the old Marxist position that the first responsibility is to tell the truth, and make an honest analysis. I doubt, for example, that Skwawkbox included in their analysis the much better performance of anti-Brexit Liberals in Tiverton, in line with their own failure to analyse Labour’s loss of support following Corbyn’s resurrection of his own Brexitism in early 2019. So I suppose you could equally have constructed an amalgam in which it was a bloc between me and Lib-Dems, but then wouldn’t that rather contradict your previous position?

        The truth is that Labour’s performance in Wakefield WAS abysmal, even compared with 2019, let alone 2017, when Labour’s vote was more than double what they scored in this election, and its abysmal reality can be seen by comparing it with the Liberal performance in Honiton, where Labour which had been second, saw its vote collapse by 90%!!! Unless you live up to this reality and see its connection with Labour’s collapse into Brexitism and petty-bourgeois nationalism and jingoism – a reality that the petty-bourgeois nationalists of the variety of Skwawkbox are also very unlikely to accept – then thre is no hope of you offering any realistic let alone progressive way forward for Labour.

        If you want to explain how you think Labour’s vote being half what it was in 2017, in conditions where Labour ought to be crushing not just the Tories but all other parties, given the open goals presented, but still can’t enthuse its core voters, go ahead, but that kind of boosterism will prevent any kind of honest analysis or provision of a way forward.


        June 25, 2022 at 11:24 am

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