Tristram Hunt, posh historian and BBC favourite, got in easily too - with the Lib Dems second. Gary Elsby, the Labour councillor who stood against him in protest, got 400 votes.
But in Stoke South Labour only won from the Tories by 4,000 votes. The BNP and UKIP got 5,000 between them.
And in Newcastle under Lyme Labour won from the Tories by just 1500 votes. UKIP got nearly 3,500. Strike one to UKIP.
On arriving home I see EU Referendum devoting a post to the "UKIP effect". They compare the Labour-Tory gap to the combined UKIP-BNP vote, which I think is a little unfair. IMHO at least half the BNP votes will be former Labour votes, whereas 90% of UKIP voters will be former Tories.
It'll be interesting to go through the results and see whether the UKIP effect has cost them the 30-odd seats they needed for a majority. The Guardian has the results as a downloadable spreadsheet.
Watch this space.
UPDATE - I make that 21 seats where the Tories came second and the UKIP vote was bigger than the vote difference between first and second place. The Tories were 20 seats short of a majority.
|Seat||Candidate||Tory Vote||Difference||UKIP Vote|
|Bolton West||"Williams, Susan"||18,235||92||1,901|
|Derby North||"Mold, Stephen"||14,283||613||829|
|Derbyshire North East||"Merriman, Huw"||15,503||2,445||2,636|
|Dorset Mid and Poole North||"King, Nick"||20,831||269||2,109|
|Dudley North||"Brown, Graeme"||14,274||649||3,267|
|Great Grimsby||"Ayling, Victoria"||10,063||714||2,043|
|Hampstead and Kilburn||"Philp, Chris"||17,290||42||408|
|Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East||"Bristow, Paul"||16,461||1,677||1,881|
|Morley and Outwood||"Calvert, Antony"||17,264||1,101||1,506|
|Plymouth Moor View||"Groves, Matthew"||13,845||1,588||3,188|
|Somerton and Frome||"Rees-Mogg, Annunziata"||26,976||1,817||1,932|
|Southampton Itchen||"Smith, Royston"||16,134||192||1,928|
|St Austell and Newquay||"Righton, Caroline"||18,877||1,312||1,757|
|St Ives||"Thomas, Derek"||17,900||1,719||2,560|
|Walsall North||"Clack, Helyn"||12,395||990||1,737|
|Walsall South||"Hunt, Richard"||14,456||1,755||3,449|
|Wirral South||"Clarke, Jeff"||15,745||531||1,274|
Now you can argue, and doubtless the Cameronians will, that without accepting the results of the cultural revolution (aka 'detoxifying the brand') they would not be anywhere near power. But as I said many a year back, there'd be a price to pay. They're paying it.
* Ms Berger : "You can't ask a girl a football question."