Names emerge in contest to be Labour candidate in Barnsley East
A YORKSHIRE MEP and a trade union official have emerged as the possible candidates to stand for Labour in the Barnsley East constituency where current MP Michael Dugher is standing down.
Update: Who ever leaked this story, it is not going down at all well with others who had wished to be considered. Are labour in the process of upsetting the many locals who would have wished for someone more rooted in the local community?
Breaking news: Steph Peacock is reportedly the current girlfriend of none other than Tom Watson, labours Deputy Leader, stitch-up indeed!!!!!
MP calls for action as South Yorkshire schools start to cut staff and increase class sizes
Schools in Rotherham and Barnsley are making cutbacks after revealing they do not expect to have enough Government funding by 2020.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, conducted a survey in his constituency in light of growing concern around the country about school funding.
Jayne Dowle: Flawed politician could be the saviour of democracy
AS experienced Labour MPs consider their positions, and some notable names step down, Nick Clegg, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, is a lion resurgent. Who would have thought it?
Tony Blair, a true democrat, as ever?
Oppose Brexit even if that means voting for the Tories, says Blair
Tony Blair called on voters yesterday to consider backing Conservative or Liberal Democrat candidates in June’s general election if they wished to oppose “Brexit at any cost”.
In remarks that will infuriate the Labour campaign the former prime minister said he was advocating a new dimension to the election to unite Remain voters behind candidates prepared to reject a bad deal for the UK.
Asked whether that could mean Labour supporters voting for other parties, he replied: “What I’m advocating may mean that. It may mean voting Labour. It may mean, by the way, that they vote Tory, for candidates who are prepared to give this commitment.”
The seats that could decide the election
There are 650 constituencies in the United Kingdom. But the election campaign over the coming weeks will be concentrated in the marginal battleground seats – the ones with small majorities that are most likely to change hands.
There’s no official definition of a marginal seat but people often look at constituencies where the majority – the gap between the first and second placed parties – is under 10%.
It is understood labour is furiously selecting candidates, the smart money is on Linda McAvan Mep to be selected to fight Michael Dugher’s seat in Barnsley.
There is also at least one local interested in Dugher’s seat, more later.