Politics 7 May 2010 “We won the campaign,” says Gove. “Er, no,” says everybody else Shadow schools minister struggles with his sums. Print HTML An odd claim from Michael Gove, the Tory shadow schools minister, on the Today programme this morning. In an interview with Evan Davis (starts around 00:45:00) he declares: We won the campaign. We ended up with a higher share of the vote at the end of the campaign than we did at the beginning of it. Er, no actually, Michael. Here are the polls that came out either on the day Gordon Brown went to the Queen or, more generously perhaps, the day before: Harris/Metro (6 April) Con 37 Lab 28 Lib Dem 20 Others 9 YouGov/Sun (6 April) Con 40 Lab 32 Lib Dem 17 Others 8 YouGov/Sun (5 April) Con 41 Lab 31 Lib Dem 18 Others 10 Opinium/Express (5 April) Con 39 Lab 29 Lib Dem 17 Others 10 Now let's compare those results, which give an average Tory share of the vote of 39.3 per cent, with the actual share with 23 seats still to come: Con 36.1 Lab 29.2 Lib Dems 22.9 Somewhere along the way, the Tories lost just over 3 per cent of the vote share, this when the party was supposed to be "sealing the deal". The reality is that neither the Tories nor Labour won the campaign. And, although it won't feel like it right now to Nick Clegg and co, if anyone made progress in the past four weeks it was the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems were averaging 18 per cent a month ago and, when all the votes are counted, they are likely to get around 23 per cent of the vote share. Never has such progress felt so disappointing. Get 12 issues for just £5.99 plus a free copy of "Liberty in the Age of Terror" by A C Grayling. › Clegg is setting up a bidding war Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 12 issues for £12 Subscribe More Related articles I believe only Yvette Cooper has the breadth of support to beat Jeremy Corbyn To stop Jeremy Corbyn, I am giving my second preference to Andy Burnham What do Labour's lost voters make of the Labour leadership candidates?