Winning London. Ousting Ken Livingstone - something never achieved by Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair. Holding as many councils in Wales as Labour. Winning Bury in the North West and North Tyneside in the NE. Winning Southampton - an achievement that elections specialist Michael Thrasher said was beyond the reach of any party. More than 300 extra councillors - three times as many gains as the LibDems. A 44% share of the national vote. Not only Labour defeated but clueless as to how they might recover. A majority of Westminster insiders now (for the first time) predicting Tory victory at the next General Election.
There's still a lot of work to do over the next two years but 1st May 2008 was a great night for the Conservatives. When was the last time we had such a good night?
- Sixteen years ago - 1992? Our last General Election victory - won against all the odds with more than
1314 million votes.
- Twenty-five years ago - 1983? Our best ever General Election victory in modern times when Thatcherism triumphed and the defeat of Michael Foot began the modernisation of the Labour Party?
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