Has Cameron's deliberately low-key campaign in Oldham and Saddleworth backfired somewhat? The Telegraph, the natural home Tory politics, seems to think so, with a slew of negative articles all in one day:
- David Cameron made a fundamental mistake in fighting this by-election
- In Oldham, David Cameron backed himself into a corner
- A dreadful night for the Conservatives
- In power, but not a winner: David Cameron's by-election problem
It's this kind of press coverage that might make those Tories pushing for an electoral deal with the Liberal Democrats think twice...