Posts Tagged ‘By-election’

Another by-election stitch-up in Wythenshawe?

by Jon Lansman.

Paul Goggins, former MP for the safe Labour seat of Wythenshawe and Sale East, was buried three days ago, tragically dying a few days after collapsing whilst out jogging. Today at 9am, applications opened for his successor with an announcement on Labour’s Membersnet. The deadline for applications at 10am tomorrow, longlisting on Wednesday and all over […]

Left Futures and the Manchester Central by-election: an apology

by Jon Lansman.

Earlier today we published an article by Kate Hudson, Respect candidate in the Manchester Central by-election, entitled The unrepresented working class: a space Respect can fill! (now available here). Whilst Left Futures firmly believes that “the Left’s future remains inextricably linked with that of the Labour Party” (as set out in our mission statement), this […]

Will Kate Hudson for Respect damage Labour in Manchester Central?

by Jon Lansman.

Kate Hudson, who has lead the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament since 2003 as Chair and then General Secretary, has been selected as candidate for Respect in the Manchester Central by-election expected on 15 November. The by-election is caused by the decision of Tony Lloyd to stand as Labour candidate for Police Commissioner of Greater Manchester. […]

Some by-elections really do change politics

by David Osler.

It is not every day that Westminster witnesses a sensational by-election victory, driven by an unshakeably anti-imperialist appeal to a minority religious community, but combined with an unfashionably leftwing socialist subtext.  No wonder most of the pundits were nonplussed. But when Fermanagh and South Tyrone chose Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands as its […]

Why doesn’t the Left do better?

by Darrell Goodliffe.

In the wee small hours following the Barnsley Central by-election this question was asked of me on Twitter. It seems a reasonable question. After all, capitalism is in far from in rude health and I suspect there are elements of the story the left tells about it that would find a receptive audience. Tales of […]

Selections in the spotlight: Oldham candidate selected

by Jon Lansman.

Debbie Abrahams is Labour’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election following the disqualification of former MP, Phil Woolas who had beaten the Lib Dems by only 103 votes in May. She was selected by local members from a shortlist of three local candidates, beating Riaz Ahmed and Abdul Jabbar. Whilst there was no […]

The Tories don’t want to win Oldham

by Jon Lansman.

ldham East and Saddleworth may be a three-way marginal, as Mark Seddon commented yesterday, but it seems that the Tories — and David Cameron in particular — aren’t too keen on the idea of winning it, even if they have confirmed that they’ll fight it. For so say two leading Tory blogs, Conservative Home and […]

A Wedge To Crack the Coalition? Anti-Coalition Liberal to stand in Oldham

by Mark Seddon.

By elections have not only become rarer – Members of Parliament tend to live longer these days, and are younger – but for the past decade have often been quite dull. That may all be set to change in the three-way marginal seat of Oldham East and Saddleworth where Phil Woolas has just been barred […]

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