As predicted (well, as was pretty obvious), Kitty Ussher (Balliol PPE, 1990-93) won Burnley for Labour. So with luck now she’ll become too busy representing her constituents to write terrible newspaper articles like this one.
Looking at the results, I was struck by independent candidate Harry Brooks taking third place, ahead of the Tories, with 5,786 votes, and wondered who he was. A few moments with Google suggests that he’s not an especially nice character, a former Labour councillor whose activities helped to pave the way for the rise of the BNP in the town. Some details here, here and here.
But Harry’s is where one goes for Burnley blogging, so I won’t try to compete.