IT WAS a quiet night compared to the by-election count of two years ago.
There was no media frenzy, no Monster Raving Loony candidate shouting he was going to “abolish gravity” – and no shock result.
As the count proper got under way at about 1.45am after what seemed like an incredibly long verification process, it was obvious from the onlooking Labour supporters that the news wasn’t good for them.
Labour faces looked tired and weary – and it wasn’t just from burning the candle at both ends.
David Williams appeared to have admitted defeat at a fairly early stage, if the expression on his face was anything to go by as he watched the count.
Other candidates appeared less weary than the Labour man who had been pounding the streets of Crewe door-knocking up to 10pm.
The Conservatives seemed the most relaxed – if a little bemused by reports on Sky News that their man had won, a good hour before the count was over!
Mr Timpson himself didn’t put in an appearance until 3.10am and it was apparent to all by then he would be back on the road to Westminster.
All-in-all, a good night for the Tories in Crewe and Nantwich and nationally – and an indication to Labour they have to regroup and see what can be done if they are to win back a seat which, until 2008, never looked like anything other than being their own.