Sometimes you can see a clear pattern emerging at an election count; other times, every batch of votes seems to tell a significantly different story and you just can not guess the overall result.
Last night at Chicksands definitely fell into the second category. We shall gloss over the collapsing LibDem vote, but all the other candidates were consistently recording votes as each paper was counted. By-elections are notoriously unpredictable, with typically low turnouts and people more likely to switch their vote away from their usual preference.
|Caddington ward by-election 28 November 2013|
The final result was a clear win for the Conservatives, although share of the vote was spread more widely than in 2011. Many, many thanks to all those who worked on the campaign and also to everybody that supported me with their vote.