Following in the Iain Dale school of by-election analysis, Respect has this take on Southall: "the short timescale of the election made for difficult terrain. Respect came fifth with 1.6 percent of the vote " and "The snap election was designed by New Labour to disadvantage other parties and was extremely undeomocratic [sic]. The timing of the scandalous suspension of George Galloway from parliament two days before the poll was clearly designed to affect the vote in Southall."
Carry on believing that comrades, if it makes you feel better. It will be interesting to see how you explain away losing the Shadwell Ward by-election in Tower Hamlets on 9 August if that happens (wrong kind of voters perhaps, or that old Leninist standby, "false consciousness"?).