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Howard salutes a Tory 'recovery'

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posted on May, 6 2005 @ 04:47 AM
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The Conservatives have made a significant step towards recovery, party leader Michael Howard said as he conceded defeat to Labour.
Mr Howard was speaking after the Tories won seats from Labour and the Lib Dems.

The gains included ousting Schools Minister Stephen Twigg in Enfield Southgate, the seat famously lost by Michael Portillo in 1997.

Despite the gains, Labour adviser Alastair Campbell said the Tories remained "flat on their backs".

"They have not changed, they have not reformed and the public has rejected them again," said Mr Campbell, Downing Street's former communications director.


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Tories done well in the end and won back some respect. Howard really didnt believe that he would be moving into number 10, he was basically playing for seats and i feel that he's done better then he expected.




posted on May, 6 2005 @ 07:22 AM
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They would say that wouldn't they. Talk about 'spin'.

Howard didn't even hit his target for 200 tory MPs.

The increase in the tory vote compared to 2001 was 0.6%.

I think that anyone suggesting such a heavy defeat for the tories whilst there has been such obvious and widespread Labour unpopularity is "doing well" is really either ignoring the facts or unaware of them.

The 3rd heavy defeat in a row, a 0.6% rise in vote and failing to take even such an unambitious target as 200 seats is not "doing well".

It's not as utterly disasterous as last time, true, but that is a hell of a long way away from "doing well".



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