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Corby the Cuckold Goes to the Polls

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The Corby and Northamptonshire East seat has been a bellwether of which party will govern Britain since it was formed in 1983.

Today, two years, five months and nine days after it chose a young, beautiful, intelligent, vivacious blonde as its representative in parliament, it is forced back to the polls a cuckold.

'It's not you it's me,' Louise Mensch (nee Bagshawe) told the former steel town as she ran off with the rock-and-roll band manager to New York.

Peter Mensch, the man who stole Louise Bagshawe from Corby, tried to be magnanimous in victory but only ended up sounding patronising when he gave his explanation of why his wife left.

"Her book contract paid the bills, the [MP] job was fun," he told the Sunday Times while slumped in an armchair in his New York loft under a picture of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

"She really liked the job a lot, the idea of possible calm in her life with me, whatever that's worth, was greater than the lure of being Louise Mensch, MP for Corby."

Ouch! Not important but 'fun' and not fun enough at that! And did we hint irony in the way he said the "lure of being Louise Mensch, MP for Corby"? And the £65,000 MPs salary considered too insignificant to be mentioned as part of the family income. Oh how we spurned lovers can find meaning between every sentence.

Deep down Corby always knew the glamorous chick-lit author was out of its league. Not for her the sitting in dull council meetings and months spent trying to win over the local party. The glamorous Oxford graduate was parachuted in from David Cameron's 'A list' of candidates.

She entered the dusty corridors of parliament in 2010 a whirlwind. Not waiting around to learn the ropes from the old war scarred pros, but got stuck straight in and did it her way.

She was forthright with her opinions and wasn't afraid to get people's backs up.

Feisty; attacking Piers Morgan and Rupert Murdoch; ambitious and petulant - complaining publicly that she hadn't been promoted just one year into the job and modern; she took to Twitter with a fervour.

The residents of Corby were as likely to see her pouting in the latest copy of GQ or on Question Time as sitting in her constituency office.

Her Twitter handle "Conservative means to liberal ends" summed up her beliefs and was a dog whistle to a new breed of moderate urban Tory.

She 'probably' took cocaine with the world's most famous violinist Nigel Kennedy she admitted - too cool to remember - but regrets taking Class A's now.

The admission that would take down a lesser party animal but for Louise it hardly made a dent. Young people do stupid things get over it grandad *yawn*.

But as quick as she came she was gone.

Today the name Louise Mensch is 'poison' in Corby according to one Tory insider pounding the streets in search of votes.

At the Tory party conference her picture drew boos from the audience at a ConservativeHome gig. "I'm considering voting UKIP", one former staunch Tory supporter in Corby said yesterday.

The Tories have been careful not to remind the electorate of her in today's candidate.

Businesswoman Christine Emmett is more mature, appears sensible and most importantly is a local. But she fights to hold onto the seat today as the outsider.

If Labour win they will say it's a reaction to government cuts.

The Tories will not be too far from the truth if they paint it as the natural reaction of the spurned cuckold.