Oldham by-election: Final push for votes

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.”

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34984179

3 thoughts on “Oldham by-election: Final push for votes

  1. Poor torys !
    Earlier this year they got 19% of the Oldham West & Royton vote
    Yesterday they got 9.4% .
    UKIP did quite well, even increasing their percentage of the vote.
    and the bookies got it right!


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