Peter Hoskin

Tories gain Bury

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There we have it – the Tories have gained outright control of Bury. It's a key victory – perhaps even more significant than the Southampton result – and it fits neatly into a pattern of strong Tory support in the North of the country. Team Cameron really couldn't have hoped for things to go better than they have been doing. No wonder they're sounding more and more bullish about the final result.