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Last Updated: Friday, 6 May 2005, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
10 things about the election
George Galloway
George Galloway earned one punter 10,000
Some interesting facts from a very interesting election.

1. One was certainly the number for aspiring candidate Catherine Taylor-Dawson who managed to gain just a single, solitary vote in Cardiff North.

But she also stood for the Vote for Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket in three other seats in the city, gaining 37 votes in Cardiff Central, 79 in Cardiff South, and a positively triumphant 167 in Cardiff West.

It is not clear whether Ms Taylor-Dawson's one vote in Cardiff North was cast by herself.

2. Dunbartonshire East is now the proud owner of Parliament's youngest MP in Jo Swinson, who won the seat for the Lib Dems from Labour and turned 25 on 5 February.

But she is no record-holder, there having been a string of 21-year-old MPs in British electoral history, most recently republican MP Bernadette Devlin in 1969.

And proving that old age is also no barrier to political service, Piara Khabra held Ealing Southall for Labour aged 80, eight years older than Tam Dalyell, the retiring Father of the House.

3. There have been plenty of close seats, but the smallest majority so far is Labour Laura Moffatt's 37-vote victory for Labour over Conservative Henry Smith.

Reg Keys speaks at the count in Sedgefield
Tony Blair fought off 14 other candidates
The biggest majority so far has gone to Thomas Clarke who held Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill in Scotland for Labour by 19,519 votes.

Also in easy street is Labour's John Cummings with a majority of 18,636 in Easington in the North East of England and Christopher Bryant, also Labour, with a majority of 16,242 in Rhondda in Wales.

4. Bookmakers have already started taking bets on when Tony Blair will leave office. William Hill has made 2007 its 5/4 favourite, with 2006 offered at 9/4, 2008 3/1 and 2009 8/1. For those who favour outsiders, Mr Blair is 12/1 to go this year and 20/1 to hand onto 2010.

There were some big winners after the dust settled on election night, with one punter scooping a 9,000 profit on a 100,000 bet on Labour to be largest single party. George Galloway earned another gambler 10,000 after they bet 200 on the Respect party winning a seat at 50/1 immediately after its formation.

5. Rebel activist Peter Law took Labour stronghold Blaenau Gwent from his old party on a 48.9% swing that can fairly be described as "monster" and is certainly the biggest this year.

6. Hardened MPs may be able to prop open their eyes on election night and appear lucid the next morning, but pity the poor volunteers in Harlow. There the returning officer suspended the recount until Saturday as his counters were too tired to go on.

7. In England alone, the Conservatives narrowly gained more votes than Labour.

8. Tony Blair's Sedgefield consituency has broken the record for the number of candidates contesting a seat, with 15 runners.

The record was previously held by Finchley in 1983, when 11 candidates stood against Margaret Thatcher.

9. Conservative home affairs spokesman David Davis has a rival - in name at least - with Tory candidate David Davies winning in Monmouth.

10. In Normanton, Labour high-flier Ed Balls is their first MP not to be a member of the National Union of Mineworkers.


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