On Gordon Brown’s first anniversary as PM Labour come fifth in Henley – behind the British National Party and the Greens. Labour also lost its deposit.
The Conservatives won a majority of 10,116 over the LibDems.
The Conservative share of the vote (57%) actually went up.
The LibDems (28%) tried to run a negative campaign but it failed. Their by-election machine will need an overhaul after this.
Many congratulations to Dr Howell and the whole Tory campaign team.
2.30am: Full results (from The Times)
- John Howell (C) 19,796 (57%, +3.5%)
- Stephen Kearney (LD) 9,680 (28%, +1.8%)
- Mark Stevenson (Green) 1,321 (3.8%, +0.5%)
- Timothy Rait (BNP) 1,243 (3.6%)
- Richard McKenzie (Lab) 1,066 (3.1%, -11.7%)
- Chris Adams (UKIP) 843 (2.4%, -0.1%)
- Bananaman Owen (Loony) 242 (0.70%)
- Derek Allpass (Eng Dem) 157 (0.45%)
C maj 10,116 (29.1%), 0.81% swing LD to C
Turnout 34,761 (50.3%, -17.6%)
3am: Lord Rennard – architect of the negative and unsuccessful LibDem campaign – cuts a lonely figure in the deserted hall where the result was declared: