What does it all mean ? BM's not sure but then she's in good company. To some extent the debate over whether this represents a return to parliamentary rather than 'presidential' style elections, is academic. Real people, some of them friends, lost seats.
Of the Lib Dem losses, BM is particularly grieved for Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon), who is a decent man who has taken principled stands on unpopular causes - maybe that's what did for him in the end - unaccompanied children at Yarl's Wood detention centre do not have a vote. I wonder if the new Tory MP will care so much about their wellbeing.
On a brighter note, here in Bermondsey & Old Southwark, despite a vicious nasty campaign fought by Labour, targetting race and immigration issues, Simon emerged with his best ever result! Once again, Bermondsey defies stereotypes about its voter profile and shows that a good man who has also fought some unpopular causes, can win and win big.
The Council seat count starts later today...let's hope for a clearer outcome to that.