I'm not one to read too much into by-election results (I hope!) ...
... but I couldn't help a wry smile when I heard various Liberal Democrats this morning stating (correctly) that Labour lost it's deposit in several by-elections whilst in Government form 1997 to 2010.
What they all failed to mention, strangely enough, was that those deposit-losing by-elections came MANY years into Labour's 13-year spell in Government, whilst this Liberal-Democrat deposit-losing by-election has come just 10-months into them being in Government :-(
They need to be very careful - as with power can often come delusion.