Wednesday 29 September 2021
Before Jeremy Corbyn arranged to have her made a Dame, Louise Ellman had been most notable for the fact that at the low turnout General Election of 2001, the constituency that had reelected her had had the lowest turnout in the entire country.
In 22 years in Parliament, what did she do? List her accomplishments. The 2001 abstention rate was rather more significant than she was. Hardly anyone noticed at the time of Tony Blair's second landslide, but the actual Labour vote had gone through the floor. If only to abstention at first, the habit of voting Labour had been broken.