Oldham by-election: Tax scandal rocks Labour’s Jim McMahon
LABOUR’S candidate in the crucial Oldham West by-election was embroiled in a row over tax avoidance last night as his party conceded that it could lose the ultra-safe seat to Ukip with voters going to the polls today.
In a development that has rocked the Labour campaign in the former Lancashire mill town, the party’s candidate Jim McMahon, who is also leader of the council, has denied knowing that a company he is a director of is involved in a tax avoidance scheme in Luxembourg.
It comes as senior Labour sources have conceded that the party could lose a seat to Ukip which gave it a 15,000 majority at the general election in May.
Full list of declared candidates:
Conservative: James Daly
Green Party: Simeon Hart
Labour: Jim McMahon
Liberal Democrat: Jane Brophy
Monster Raving Loony: Sir Oink A-Lot
UKIP: John Bickley