Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Leicester Mercury talks up Lib Dem chances in Leicester South

Today's Leicester Mercury reports that Parmjit Singh Gill is now the bookies' favourite to win Leicester South, the seat he won at a by-election in 2004 but lost at the following year's general election.

The paper goes on to quote De Montfort University public policy lecturer Alistair Jones as saying:

“The entire tone of the election campaign has turned based on 90 minutes of television. It is incredible and it has taken everyone by surprise.

“Labour and Tory incumbents who felt they were safe will now be looking over their shoulder at Liberal Democrats."

We should be wary of the odds in individual constituencies - it takes only one large bet to change the odds decisively - but this sort of coverage in regional papers across the country will help to maintain Liberal Democrat momentum.

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