The British coalition government lost its first ballot box test this Friday, as the opposition Labour Party easily regained a House of Commons seat it was forced to put up for grabs following allegations of fraud.
Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams had 42 per cent of the ballots when the results of the special election were announced early Friday. Kashif Ali of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party got 13 per cent of the vote know real surprises there?. Elwyn Watkins of the Liberal Democrats, Cameron's coalition partner, came second with 32 per cent in voting in the Oldham East and Saddleworth district in the Manchester area of Northern England.
Ms Abrahams told London Times reporters "What we have seen here is people are not happy with the way this coalition government is going about its business," Ms Abrahams said.
The result clearly shows the underscores public disaffection with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who has been fiercely criticized for abandoning a campaign pledge to oppose any increase in England’s college tuition fees. He has since backed the government's plan to triple the maximum fee in England.
Poll ratings for the Liberal Democrats have crumbled as the government's program of spending cuts and huge tax hikes begins to bite with the English poor getting poorer and now the middle class are beginning to fall on to the poor list, prices in renting properties go out of control and mortgages are out of the reach of over 70% of English worker, along with many English families losing their homes and jobs and now can’t afford to rent either which is all down to this and previous British government’s mismanagement of England’s finances over paid British MP’s and thieving MP’s.
Still, the Liberal Democrats could take some comfort that the result wasn't as bad as some had feared. Leaving his classy London home Friday, Clegg noted that the election had been held "in unusual circumstances at a time when the government is taking difficult decisions."
The new ballot follows the first legal challenge since 1911 to an election result over the use of illegal campaign tactics in which all the British parties have been doing for years but this time someone pulled the plug.
Watkins, the Liberal Democrat candidate, came second in the May general election by just 103 votes. He complained to the courts that the winner, Labour's Phil Woolas, had falsely accused him of soliciting support from Muslim extremists.
Judges made a rare decision to order a new election and barred Woolas a former immigration minister from office for three years.
In Thursday's voting, Watkins finished more than 3,500 votes behind the Labour candidate.