Low by-election spend costs Lib Dems votes
I have just been told that the original budget for the Liberal Democrat campaign in the Barnsley Central by-election was just £5,000.
And there's no evidence it went much above that sum. It compares with a legal by-election limit of £100,000, and the £93,000 which the Lib Dems spent in Oldham East and Saddleworth. No wonder the Lib Dems came sixth.
I'll get the exact spending figures for Barnsley Central when they're received and published by the returning officer in a few weeks time.