Thursday, 13 January 2011

Oldham by-election today

Today they vote in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, which was triggered when sitting Labour MP Phil Woolas was found guilty of "knowingly making false statements" about the personal character of his Liberal Democrat opponent, Elwyn Watkins, during the 2010 election campaign by an election court consisting of two High Court judges. Woolas has been banned from holding public office for three years.

The BNP has a candidate in the running, Derek Adams, a pub landlord and former wanna-be leader of the party. Unfortunately the English Democrats and UKIP are also running candidates which will split the nationalist vote somewhat.

Derek Adams: BNP candidate

Campaigning has been enlivened by a few media storms. First the BNP candidate was escorted out of hustings by the police when Labour supporters objected to his presence. Then the Muslim paedophile rape gang issue went mainstream with even Jack Straw, former Justice Secretary, acknowledging the problem.

Meanwhile the Tories have been wooing the Muslim vote with their Urdu-speaking Chairman (woman actually) the previously-blogged-about failed MP Baroness Warsi, although she occasionally lapses into broken English.

The 2010 general election results were:

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As the Lib Dem candidate was only a 103 votes behind the Labour winner at the general election it's generally believed the Tories are downplaying their candidate to enable the Lib Dems to win.

We should have a result declared by about 2am tomorrow morning.

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