If you listened to the press gallery and to Andrew Little, the retention of a safe Labour seat signals the end of John Key.
In late November 2012, the then UK Labour leader, Ed Milliband, celebrated a stunning by election victory in the seat of Corby.
Labour’s Andy Sawford had secured a swing of over 12 per cent to wrest the seat from the Tories.
“This constituency has sent a very clear message today,” Milliband told cheering supporters, “that it’s putting its trust in a One Nation Labour Party and that middle England is turning away from David Cameron and the Conservatives”.
In the 2015 General Election, Corby was reclaimed by the Conservative Party, along with vast swaths of the “middle England” Milliband had been so bullish about just two years earlier.
Whereas Milliband needed but a fraction of the swing achieved in Corby to oust David Cameron from Downing St, Labour went on to lose 26 seats in the 2015 election as the incumbent Tories gained 24.
It was, as Labour peer Lord McConnell told the BBC, a “catastrophic night” for the party and its supporters.