Welcome back all you old timers and welcome all the newbies too! Starting the year with 16 competitors is great. Will be challenge enough to get into the top 10. I find myself in the unusual position of having the highest forecast Labour vote, but with hempie and Pete estimating only a bit lower maybe not as mad as all that- we will see.
Middleenglander will have to decide - I think there was in the past (before my time )a bit of leeway granted for new posters being a bit late, but just over eight hours late may well come into the category of beyond all limits. A pity if so, as the new surge of interest in the competition is to be welcomed. If you are excluded do try again next week as the maximum penalty for a no-show is 100 points, and some of us might score more than that by getting our predictions wrong!
Post by middleenglander on Jan 4, 2018 20:24:19 GMT
18 entries this week with Pete Whitehead making a welcome return after a 6 month break, AJS after something like a 4½ year absence, Carlton after a year or more, Casual Observer & Sir Benjamin who have been somewhat infrequent participants, ricmk has made very occasional forays whilst Oympian95, Right Leaning and robbienicholl are newbies.
Unfortunately Right Leaning and Ruggerman incur additional faults for being late, 40 and 60 respectively, but on this occasion I will half these to 20 and 30 and hope this will not affect the ultimate outcome for the month.
Hertsmere, Borehamwood Cowley: 16 Labour gain from Conservative with majority ranging from 4% (CasualObserver) to 30% (hempie & Yellow Peril) - Carlton a Conservative hold whilst SirBenjamin predicts a tie
I am very pleased that middleenglander has decided on a relatively mild penalty for the two late posters so we have the grand total of 18 folk in the frame and with nine more contests in the month nobody was that far out so all 18 are definitely in with a shout come the end of January. Congratulations to Pete on his return and being the only one to get the order correct!
Post by middleenglander on Jan 9, 2018 15:04:34 GMT
My wife and I are staying at our daughter's for a few days, but I will be popping home intermittently. I will try and update the results of Thursday's by-elections as and when, but in the meantime I do have two entries from AJS and Pete Whitehead via the message service.
Post by David Boothroyd on Jan 11, 2018 0:44:20 GMT
KENT Birchington and Thanet Rural: C 49, L Dem 24, Lab 16, UKIP 8, GP 3 LANCASHIRE Wyre Rural Central: C 64, Lab 28, GP 8 THANET Thanet Villages: C 40, L Dem 26, Lab 16, Ind 14, GP 4 WYRE Preesall: C 59, Lab 41