The only important numbers are that Labour posted 14724 votes with a 36.5% turnout and a majority of 11771 this time around wherease at the election with a turnout of 56.5% they polled 17483 (just over 3000 more) with a smaller majority of 11693.
While bye=election results are notoriously poor indicators of future results, the fact that Labour increased its actual vote, not just its share, even in a party stronghold, on a vastly reduced turnout, is probably worrying for the other major party leaders.
At last we have a recent ex-military fighting man in Parliament. Makes a change from lawyers, bankers, lecturers, media people, political researchers and the like. People who have no idea what real life is about. At least he has been there and has the t-shirt. Wish we could have some more never mind which party.
Labour winning in a labour dominated area like Barnsley Central since 1983 should come as no surprise,if the previous labour MP had kept his hands out of the till he would still be the MP for Barnsley Central. The Lib-Dems coming 6th is a punishment perhaps they deserve,for making pledges they never dreamt they would ever be asked to honour,but judgement of the coalition should be deferred until 2014 when it will be seen if their policies have succeeded or not,labour were given 13yrs of failure before they were removed