outcome 2: labour majority Ed Miliband and Ed Balls surpass expectations and makes big gains from Tories and Lib Dems
in England and Wales.
The Lib Dems
sold out to the Tories on the cheap and you can't sink any lower than that.
Former Royal Navy officer turned teacher Andrew stood for the Lib Dems
in Hexham in both the 2005 and 2010 General Elections - and came second to Tory Guy Opperman in the latter.
They are more likely than most to say the coalition has been better than expected, and trust the Conservatives most on the economy, but rate the Lib Dems
more positively than most voters and have a high opinion of local Lib Dem
When it comes to the Eastleigh by-election on 28 February, however, things are particularly interesting given that it is a Lib Dem
-held seat with a council that contains solely Lib Dem
member: Before the election Mr Roddick tweeted: "I'"I'm a member of the Lib Dems
But when they look at the opinion polls and their performances in elections since joining the coalition, there has been an almighty slump in popularity for the Lib Dems
In the former Lib Dem
stronghold of Liverpool the Lib Dems
are not even standing candidates in Central , Princes Park , Belle Vale and Everton Wards In the West Midlands former Lib Dem
councillors of long standing are now fielding as Liberal Party candidates As the Lib Dems
abandon their polices to be merely a prop for the Tory Party then both their voters and party workers are deserting in droves.
also seem to be arguing that the policy could be paid for by raising taxes on the most wealthy.
Despite the worst cuts in living memory, imposed on the city by the Lib Dems
and their Tory allies, there is some progress on many of the vacant sites left by the Lib Dem
administration, from the Boot Estate to Stonebridge Cross.
Overall, Labour are on 42 points, up 12 per cent on last year, the Tories on 26 per cent and the Lib Dems
are down four on 10 per cent.
The Labour AM followed up his appeal for disaffected Lib Dems
to join Labour with an attack on the party for its coalition with the Conservatives, saying it had "sacrificed some of their most important principles".