A very poor night in the two parliamentary by-elections. OK, they were safe Labour seats. That does not alter the fact that the Tories ran strong campaigns with very presentable candidates and lost badly. Even the Lib Dems beat us to second place. This is very bad news.
What to do? Two years ago Ken Clarke was too old, David Cameron too young and David Davis not good enough. Since then, Ken has got older still, David has gained a lot of experience but there is yet a nagging doubt that he really has a vision which can win over the swing voters.