Humiliating Defeat for UK Ruling Party

Labour comes in 5th place in election on Brown's anniversary
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 6:45 AM CDT
An election in London Mayor Boris Johnson's old parliamentary seat saw Labour go down to a fifth-place finish.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori, file)
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(Newser) – On the first anniversary of Gordon Brown's premiership, the Labour Party went down to a humiliating fifth-place finish in a special election near Oxford, reports the Times of London. Although the Tories had been expected to retain the seat vacated by new London mayor Boris Johnson, the ruling party came behind not only the third-party Liberal Democrats, but also the Greens and a whites-only extremist party.