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More by-election woe for ConDems: UKIP spent “half as much” in Barnsley as Oldham

With UKIP outspending the Conservatives in January’s Oldham by-election one might assume they deployed similar largesse to secure a shock second place in Barnsley Central last week. Denying an obvious excuse for the Conservatives’ (bad) and Liberal Democrats’ (appalling) results, however, a senior UKIP source told Scrapbook the party spent “about half as much”.

While official figures from Oldham show Nigel Farage and company spent £43,855 to grab fourth place behind the big three parties, their defeat of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in Barnsley belied a significantly more thrifty campaign. The revelation comes amidst tales of a lacklustre Lib Dem effort, with Michael Crick reporting candidate Dominic Carman was running a operation “from the boot of [his] car”:

“Normally a candidate will be accompanied by several helpers and an MP or two. Carman had no-one with him as he canvassed voters near the town market.”

And in echoes of the Tories’ deliberate under-performance in Oldham, it seems the Liberal Democrats didn’t even bother telling people to campaign. The editor of Liberator magazine has now told Crick:

“The Lib Dems did not put the usual mobilisation effort into the by-election campaign. Normally, when there is a by-election, Cowley Street bombards members and supporters with e-mails urging them to go and help … there was not one e-mail from the party.”

While Cowley Street opted not to thrown resources at a lost cause, this strategy backfired badly when they lost their deposit. Full expenses returns will be released by Barnsley Council on or before 8 April so it will be interesting to see how much they spent.

Remember when the Lib Dems lived for by-elections?

Panic stations as Liberal Democrats lose their deposit in Barnsley

A fall in support from 6,394 votes on 6 May 2010 to 1,102 last night represents a collapse in vote share of more than 75% for the Liberal Democrats, whose campaign team return to Cowley Street without their £500 deposit.

We look forward with interest to Nick Clegg’s arrival at the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ annual conference later today.

Did Costcutter reputation inspire Cameron invite to Darren Gough?

With Darren Gough spurning David Cameron’s advances, turning down the opportunity to be the Tories’ candidate in Barnsley Central, Scrapbook wonders whether the cricketer’s “cost cutting” reputation preceded him.

With more than 1,500 Barnsley Council employees being informed their jobs are at risk, Gough’s franchise as the public face of the Costcutter supermarket chain could be extended to defending vertiginous budget cuts in South Yorkshire:

Or perhaps Howard from the Halifax adverts could replace Vince Cable?

Hat-tip: James Mills

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