|Clegg Led Lib Dems To Eighth Place In By-Election|
The Liberal Democrats’ showing in the Rotherham by-election is the worst performance ever by a major political party, experts say, as support for Nick Clegg’s party slumped to eighth behind behind the BNP, Respect and the English Democrats.
No major political party had ever performed this poorly in a Westminster by-election. Rob Hayward, a by-elections’ expert, told The Daily Telegraph the Lib Dems’ showing in Rotherham was the worst “in any by election on record”.
He said “The Liberal Democrats performances in the three by-elections and their eighth place in Rotherham are the worst results for any major party in a series of by-elections ever. “A combination of eighth place and barely two per cent of the vote in Rotherham is the worst single performance by a major party in any by election on record."
The collapse of the Lib Dems’ vote came as evidence strengthened that the party has lost its place as the political repository for the traditional protest vote to UKIP.