I went to bed before it was declared. I knew what it would be, but not by how much, and in any case I wanted to get up at a Godly hour.
Where do I start! The economy is in a wobbly situation, people feel hurt and let down by the government, and rightly so in some cases, and we didn't run the best of campaigns.
On a political level it's doubly hard for Tamsin Dunwoody, as she has not only lost her mother in recent weeks, but has also failed to keep Nanwich and Crewe for Labour. I do hope though, that she will be elected to Parliament.
And the Conservatives are right not to relax. They can enjoy themselves today, having won the seat fair and square, but they need to show that they are a credible alternative to Labour and they haven't yet fully revitalised themselves as an opposition party. And whilst we were totally wrong to run that silly and negative toffs campaign, George Osborne is not exactly qualified to give Labour lectures about the rights and wrongs of such actions, as he foolishly did this morning.
So okay, we lost, we've been kicked around again, but we shall try and learn and act accordingly, and above all, we are sorry.