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  4. Saturday, 5 December 2015

    Labour landslide victory in Oldham West

    PARTY leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour’s win in the Oldham West and Royton by-election shows its ‘strength and the appeal of its anti-austerity message’.

    The result is a blow to the Labour right wing and media who had been calling for his head after Wednesday’s Syria war vote. Visiting the constituency, Corbyn hailed it as an ‘incredible’ result. The Labour candidate Jim McMahon secured a 10,722-vote majority over UKIP’s John Bickley, and a 62% vote share that was higher than at the general election.

    The Tories were driven into third place and the LibDems lost their deposit. The by-election was triggered by the death of long-serving Labour MP Michael Meacher, who won the seat at May’s general election with a 14,738 majority.

    McMahon said he had ‘delivered a result that Michael would be proud of’. Labour’s majority was lower this time around but the party ended up with a higher vote share as the turnout, just over 40%, was lower than at May’s poll.

    Appearing at a rally in the constituency to congratulate McMahon, Corbyn said: ‘Labour victory in Oldham West and Royton is a ringing endorsement for Jim McMahon and the campaign we have been running since September against this Government’s cuts to Tax Credits and policing – and its damaging austerity policies.

    ‘On a wet Thursday in December, the people of Oldham West and Royton have turned out in their thousands and voted for a Labour Party that is offering a real choice: between the politics of the few peddled by David Cameron and George Osborne – and the better, fairer Britain Labour stands for.

    ‘The people of Oldham chose Labour values and Labour’s vision for the future. By increasing our share of the vote since the General Election, voters in Oldham have demonstrated that Labour is the real party of working people.

    ‘We will now take our winning arguments to every constituency in the country – to convince the electorate, as we have in Oldham, that only Labour can deliver the economic and social justice our country is crying out for.’



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  9. Saturday 12th December 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

    Bitter Ukip leader’s Oldham comments dismissed

    UKIP chiefs admitted yesterday that they have not found evidence to substantiate Nigel Farage’s allegation that electoral fraud caused a crushing by-election defeat.

    Mr Farage claimed he had evidence from “impeccable sources” that “bent” postal votes skewed the result of last week’s Oldham West and Royton by-election.

    Despite his predictions that Ukip could make a breakthrough, Ukip candidate John Bickley finished more than 10,000 votes behind Labour victor Jim McMahon.

    The Ukip leader vowed to call in the police to examine the “very odd things” he alleged took place at polling stations.

    But over a week after he made the threat, the Morning Star can reveal that no complaint has been received by the Greater Manchester Police, Oldham Council or the Electoral Commission.

    The Electoral Commission even confirmed that it had proactively contacted Ukip to “see if it had any evidence that it would like to share.”

    The Star asked Ukip why it had failed to act on its accusations. A spokesman said: “We said we would look at the evidence we’ve got and if it was satisfactory we would go to the police.

    “Honestly I don’t know how far that has got. It was a question of digging into the evidence.

    “It’s one thing to have anecdotal evidence and another having something to say.”

    Mr Farage had claimed that Labour had exploited “some really quite big ethnic changes now in the way people are voting.

    “In some of these seats where people don’t speak English and they sign up to postal votes,” he said.

    “Effectively the electoral process is now dead.”

    Even Ukip deputy chair Suzanne Evans dismissed the comments at the time, warning her party “risked just sounding like bad losers.”

    And shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth said yesterday that Ukip’s failure to make a formal complaint showed Mr Farage’s comments were just “offensive bluster.”

    He told the Star: “I think we all know what Ukip were trying to suggest.

    “But the fact that they haven’t actually got any evidence to make an official complaint just shows they were making cheap accusations.”



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  12. Saturday 19th December 2015

    posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain

    OH DEAR, oh dear, oh dear … poor Nigel Farage, the Ukip Fuehrer just can’t seem to get a break these days.

    Beaten out of sight in Oldham by a resurgent Labour in the recent by-election and now getting the full Caesar treatment from the party’s only MP.

    “I came, I saw, I cocked up spectacularly.”

    I know what you’re thinking, if only there had been some indication that two faced Tory defector Douglas Carswell had a track-record for disloyalty.

    Yes the political weathercock, whose luring into the fold was seen as such a feather in the collective Ukip hat at the last election, has once again about-faced and stabbed his leader in the back in ruthless fashion.

    In an interview with BBC Essex, Clacton MP Carswell said that Farage had taken the party as far as he could and Ukip needed to “change gear.”

    Is it just me or did that sound like a hint that he wants to replace Farage with Jeremy Clarkson?

    He went on: “We all

    need to think very carefully as to whether or not we can build beyond the base we have now got without that change.”

    He said the party should avoid being seen as “unpleasant” and “socially illiberal.”

    Good luck with that, they’re its main selling points.

    Instead, Mr Carswell suggested Ukip would make a breakthrough in the polls if it was an “optimistic, sunshine, smiley, socially liberal, unapologetically free-market party.”

    Eh? Er, isn’t that the … Lib Dems?

    Then, hilariously and with no sense of irony, Carswell came out with: “I am 100 per cent Ukip and I’m very committed to Ukip, I’m not going anywhere.”

    Now where have we heard that before? About two minutes before he jumped ship the last time, I seem to recall. It could happen to anyone Nige, but it doesn’t, does it? It happens to you. Again and again.

    “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” was the sage advice issued to would-be despots by arch political manipulator Niccolo Machiavelli.

    But then he wasn’t dealing with the Tories. If he had been he would no doubt have counselled: “Don’t let the slippery bastards anywhere near you.”

    Thatcher found that one out the hard way.

    Farage would perhaps have done better to heed another ancient maxim: “Never take an idiot along on a journey, you can always pick one up when you get there.”



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  15. Labour MP Simon Danczuk has been suspended by the party after newspaper allegations about his private life.

    The Sun alleged he exchanged explicit text messages with a 17-year-old girl.

    On Twitter, the Rochdale MP said the story was “not entirely accurate” but referred to “an extremely low point” in his life.

    He said he apologised unreservedly for his “inappropriate” behaviour, adding: “I was stupid [and] there’s no fool like an old fool.”

    A Labour Party spokesman said: “The general secretary of the Labour Party has today suspended Simon Danczuk’s membership of the party, pending an investigation into allegations published in the media today.

    “A full investigation will now take place under the authority of the National Executive Committee, which will be responsible for determining any further action.”

    Mr Danczuk, who separated from his wife earlier this year, has been the MP for Rochdale since 2010.

    The backbencher has been a strong critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his predecessor Ed Miliband, and has carried out a high-profile campaign to expose historical child abuse.

    In his statement on Twitter, he added: “I’m more saddened that this episode could overshadow the important work we’re doing to help Rochdale [and] that’s where my focus lies.”

    As a consequence of his suspension, Mr Danczuk has had the Labour whip withdrawn, meaning he will sit as an independent MP.



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