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It was quite close. If it went to 2nd vote labour were screwed.
Considering the starting point labour were coming from and the dreadful circumstances behind this bi election, I'm not in gloat mode. The current local labour party have a lot of work on their hands.
Chuffed for my lad tho. He's been doing 14 hour days working on this election.
I hope there is an overwhelming change of approach from elected members, professionals charged with delivering a service for children and as importantly, the police.
Labour won at least partly, I think, because they had a very highly respected candidate in Alan Billings.
He has an unimpeachable reputation, as far as I am aware.
He needed quite a bit of persuading to stand, I believe, but he was always the best man for the job for the Labour Party.
You're right not to gloat.
The circumstances that led to this election still remain to be fully revealed.
And I suspect that there is an awful lot of work to do to rebuild trust in social workers and political leaders in Rotherham.
That's what many people seem to think, and yet if you examine the facts they don't support that argument.
In 1971 the First Test between Great Britain and New Zealand was played at Salford and drew a crowd of only 3,764.
Just over 40 years later we played the Kiwis in a World Cup semi-final at Wembley and drew 67,545 spectators.
In Brisbane last Saturday the biggest game in the international rugby union calendar - the Bledisloe Cup - was played between Australia and New Zealand. It drew just over 45,000 people.
This Saturday Australia will play New Zealand, and England will play Samoa at the same venue. This week the NRL revealed that 44,000 tickets had been pre-sold, so the event will probably draw a bigger crowd than the Bledisloe Cup, despite so many people death-riding international Rugby League.
So the "downward spiral" seems to be heading in an upwards direction, particularly when you take last year's World Cup into account.
Of course it could be better, and no one would dispute that we want to see international Rugby League having a wider base and greater support.
Unfortunately the Guardian, like many other British newspapers, is happy to publish stories about international Rugby League being supposedly on its last legs.