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Respect’s Catherine Higgins loses in Manchester Central

The remarkable Catherine Higgins, Respect’s candidate in the Manchester Central by-election, has lost what was surely a hard-fought election to Labour’s Lucy Powell.

Higgins finished ninth, with 1.09 percent of the vote, nonetheless crushing tenth-place candidate Howling Laud Hope of the Monster Raving Loony William Hill party, who received only 0.47 percent of the vote.

Update: Rob Marchant writes:

This is of course good news, but this is not the important by-election for those who are keen to see the totalitarian left beaten. The important one is Rotherham, for reasons I’ve blogged here.