All the general election candidates from the financial services industry met with dis- appointment.
Rothschild corporate finance adviser Andrew Griffith put up the best fight as Tory candidate for Corby. Labour MP Phil Hope's majority was down by 6.1 per cent on 1997.
Equitable Life pensions administrator Philip Cochrane took second place to Labour, as Tory candidate for Stafford.
Another Tory candidate, Towers Perrin actuary Julian Leigh was second to Labour's Geoff Hoon in Ashfield.
SNP candidate Richard Thomson, who works for Scottish Widows, was fourth in the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency.
Financial services and political lobbyist Jim Boyd, of PR company Consolidated, came second as Tory candidate in the safe Labour safe seat of Sunderland South.
Best Invest deputy managing director and Tory candidate Jason Hollands suffered a 6.2 per cent swing against him in the Labour seat of hornsey & Wood Green.
Fellow IFA Kymin Financial Services director Richard Hill was fourth for the Conservatives in the Labour stronghold of Ogmore.