Great results at both by-elections as Thursday night turned into Friday morning. Commentators keep saying that Sedgefield and Ealing Southall are chalk and cheese. Well I’m not usually the sort to be into WAGs but the connection between the two is Margaret (then Payne) who I remember as a stalwart of Ealing Southall GC about 10 years ago who then became an Ealing councillor and who is now partner of new Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson. Always a colourful character, she ran for the NEC and also got into a tangle with the Daily Mirror or Greg Palast or something. I forget the exact details but if you can be bothered to scroll through, some of the story is told here.

Congratulations to Virendra, Phil, Margaret and Mrs Sharma. Two good new Labour MPs and two families for whom life will never be the same.