Press statement that has just been released from the Commons authorities:
“After the decision by the election court concerning Phil Woolas, the member for Oldham East and Saddleworth, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported the court’s decision to the House in a statement on Monday. A candidate reported by an election court as personally guilty of an illegal practice is required to vacate their seat in the House of Commons as from the date of the court’s decision (Friday 5 November). “As the seat is now vacant, a by-election will be held once the House of Commons has passed a motion for the issue of a writ.
“The Speaker can neither initiate nor block the motion to move a writ for a by-election. He has no say in when a member moves a writ for the by-election. This is usually done by a member of the party which has previously held the seat. Once the House agrees to a motion for the issue of a writ, the Speaker is required to carry out the House’s decision and to issue his warrant for the by-election. He has no discretion about this. A by-election must be held within 19 working days of the issue of the writ.”
It would appear I was right in a previous posting when I cast doubt on whether there were any potentially successful legal routes open to Phil Woolas.
This appears to confirm it. Lets see who moves the writ first?
Potential replacement Labour Candidates are reportedly already active in the Oldham East & Saddleworth Constituency, circling like vultures already, it would seem?