So 1 in 5 people* hand power for Old and Sad to the previous corrupt guys secretary-bag carrier (who obviously had nothing to do with the libellous smear campaign again his lib dumb opponent) and Labour chalk this up as a win? That this somehow "sending the coalition a message"?
The only message this really sends is that Oldham IS as big a dosshole as it looks.
* = 42% to Generic Labour Candidate X times 48% Turnout = 20% of this capable of voting. QED