Oldham by-election: Final push for votes
The final day of campaigning is under way in the Oldham West and Royton by-election – the first electoral test of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership.
It has been one of the safest Labour seats in the country, with a majority at May’s general election of 14,738.
But UKIP are mounting a vigorous campaign to snatch the seat from Mr Corbyn’s party.
The by-election was triggered by the death of veteran left-winger Michael Meacher, who had been MP since 1970.
Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell reportedly branded UKIP an “evil force within society” that divides people on racial lines at a campaign event in Oldham on Saturday, with Labour candidate Jim McMahon.
According to the Spectator magazine, he told Labour activists: “We cannot allow them to get any from of toehold within our political system and that’s why it’s about defeating them but more importantly, defeating them – a clear contrast in terms of a sincere, local committed socialist candidate.”