Their decision could be particularly significant in view of the result there last time:
However, from a distance it is hard to know what to make of the affair and to judge how Liberal our new recruits are. Iain Sharpe and Colin Ross have both suggested a need for caution, and I think they are right.
Margaret Beckett (Labour) 19,683 45.4%
Lucy Care (Liberal Democrat) 14,026 32.3%
David Brackenbury (Conservative) 8,211 18.9%
Majority 5,657 13.0%