I recall a local by-election in an inner London area many moons ago. No names no pack drill although a few might work it out.
In that by-election we extensively campaigned by leafleting and knocking on doors. Our canvass was comprehensive and our campaign, by an excellent local community campaigner, was superb.
On the day there we had so many people that there wasn’t enough work to go round – thus, two people were telling on each polling station and knocking up was done by rota. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it – we must have won, mustn’t we? Well we came a strong 2nd behind Labour.
Who was the agent? Piers Corbyn brother of Jeremy.
It was similar to another national byelection. Again the same conditions prevailed. Again we came third to Labour.