As the electors of Haltemprice and Howden go to the polls I’ve just done a post for Progress on the significance of the by-election, I mean of the concept of by-elections. Basically you can’t read too much into the results in my book. In this instance the reason for the whole thing was pretty meaningless to boot. David Davis has not died (as in Ealing Southall when Piara Khabra passed away) or resigned for ill-health (as in Glasgow East) or to go onto another career (as in Boris Johnson-Henley or Tony Blair-Sedgefield).

Talking of Ealing Southall there’s a one year anniversary victory party thing on Saturday. How long ago all that seems now.