Winner of Jamie's dinner

13th May 2005 at 01:00
Election pundits would do well to ignore their swingometers in future and instead heed the predictions of Liz Flintoft, a primary teacher in Bradford.

Mrs Flintoft won The TES election competition by predicting that Labour would be re-elected with 356 seats.

The teacher from Long Moor school wins a meal for two at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in London. "Maybe I'm wasted on teaching," she said. "I just looked up the last election results on the internet, and took a few off Labour because I knew people weren't so happy . I've felt dillusioned with Labour because of issues like the war in Iraq."

Mrs Flintoft, who voted Liberal Democrat, was one of three readers to predict the results correctly along with Linda Layfield from Norfolk and Mark Bishara from London. Her name was drawn out of a hat.

The prize for most hopeless prediction - a voucher for a pack of Turkey Twizzlers - was sent to Richard Claydon-Park, a retired cello teacher in Stockport.

Mr Claydon-Park, a Conservative party member, had optimistically predicted that the Tories would storm to power with 367 seats. "I'm too much of a Jamie Oliver fan to eat Turkey Twizzlers, so I'll probably just frame the voucher," he said.

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