One of the minor victories of Thursday night is the crushing (let us hope forever) of the Parliamentary career of the appalling Simon Danczuk, who stood as an independent having lost the Labour nomination for various reasons including an expenses scandal, sexting a vulnerable 17year old, being in the pub with his shortly-to-be-ex-girlfriend while his constituency flooded, multiple suspicions of wife-beating and undermining Corbyn at every turn.
The reason he's not Rochdale's worst MP is because the incumbent MP for many years was Cyril Smith
I was born in Rochdale although my family got the hell out of there when I was three, so I never got to experience Rochdale politics at its murky worst, though I gather it was (and on the evidence of Danczuk probably still is) pretty bad, and at times surreal (my mother once opened the door to a canvasser and found Moira Shearer on her doorstep in a fur coat. She was campaigning on behalf of her husband, Ludovic Kennedy.)
Galloway was apparently soundly beaten into third in Gorton, and didn't even turn up for the count, so that's another one down.
Rebecca Long-Bailey was always going to be pretty much a shoo-in in Salford and Eccles, but just to make sure we turned up to the temporary polling station, in a flooding portacabin opposite the Friars Primary School, which is its normal home. Seven fifteen and we were about the sixth and seventh voters already.
There is nothing I can say about a coalition between the Tories and the DUP which can't better be said by people who either live in or have lived in Northern Ireland, though I commend the tweet from someone on my timeline who observed, "When I said I wanted abortion law in NI to be the same as GB, it wasn't THIS way I imagined it." But when I think of all the tabloid ink spilt over alleged historic links between Corbyn and Sinn Fein (and rumours that he was proposing a coalition between Labour and Sinn Fein, which would be a peculiarly useless coalition given Sinn Fein's approach to Westminister*) and barely was it dry before May was hopping into alliance with the DUP, words fail me. Though they didn't fail Ruth Davison, who went in with "As a Protestant Unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic, here's the Amnesty Pride lecture I gave in Belfast..."
There are 13 Scottish Tory MPs following the SNP collapse, and only 10 DUP MPs, and it should lead to some interesting discussions with the Whips, given the leader of the Scottish Tories is a lesbian in a mixed marriage.**
Anyway, have this lovely piece by Hadley Freeman
on what she loves most about Britain (including as a highlight the sheer pettiness of the brothers' Gallagher and their to-the-ends-of-the-Earth feud.)
*There is a wonderful story about Countess Markiewicz being let into the Houses of Parliament by a sympathetic doorman so she could look at her name below a designated coat-peg in the cloakroom, even though she could never go beyond the cloakroom. Bet she took the dog, too.
** Bonus photo of Ruth Davison's spaniel.