The results of the Norwich North by-election, caused by the resignation of popular MP Ian Gibson following his deselection by the goon squad ‘Star Chamber’ (ie, one ‘Expenses’ scapegoat required; Gordon Brown says, ‘Make it that nuisance’) will be in at lunchtime. My prediction is that Norwich North will go Blue and that Chloe Smith, 27, who has been campaigning out of a closed-down letting agents next to a chip shop, will become our youngest member of Parliament. Labour chose to throw in the towel by bringing in London-based New Labour twonk Chris Ostrowski as candidate; the Liberals installed a well-known local lady as third choice behind Martin Bell and somebody else. The Green bloke is overly smug even by Green standards – the Greens have seats on the council but I don’t think he’s got a hope here. We don’t have a vote, we are in Norwich South where I’ll be deselecting Charles Clarke as soon as I have a chance – if ever a man didn’t need to claim the full £400 a month food allowance, he’s your boy. (David Cameron has been up here six times to Brown’s none; in the last few days of campaigning Mr Ostrowski has been struck down by the swine flu.)
STOP PRESS: Chloe gets it by 13K to Labour’s 6K. Low turnout (45%). Labour’s existing majority was about 5K.