We’ve all been there, well, most local government reporters have been. A by-election vote count is rarely going to trouble the front page of the paper or the upper echelons of Chartbeat Big Screen, but it’s something we attend because we feel we must.
For the Lancashire Telegraph, a bog-standard by-election count delivered a brilliant front page – the bizarre scenario of a Labour candidate being declared the winner, only for the vote to declared null and void because the winning candidate had declared himself disqualified from standing earlier in the day.
It turned out the Labour candidate worked for a firm owned by the council so was never eligible to stand in the first place, something you would have assumed the local Labour party (which runs the council) might have double checked first.
It led to this front page – and the prospect of another by-election in the same ward. Maybe more people than the 14% who bothered to turn out and vote will make an effort next time. Maybe: