Sayeeda Warsi’s fiction that the Tories fought a full campaign in the Oldham East by-election is in tatters tonight. Michael Crick has published the official figures from Oldham Council, which reveal that the Conservatives spent less than UKIP.
Despite reports that the cabinet had discussed how to help the Liberal Democrats win in Greater Manchester, the Conservative chair was telling anyone who would listen that the Tories took the campaign “extremely seriously”. Scrapbook would enjoy watching her attempt to spin this graph:
But what do you expect when your party leader can’t remember the name of your candidate?