Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oldham and Saddleworth Candidates announced

The vile Phil Woolas (Labour) has long gone, but who will replace him? The candidates have been announced for the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election. I make that one woman and nine men;

Debbie Abrahams (Labour)
Kashif Ali (Conservative)
Peter Allen (Green Party)
Derek Adams (British National Party)
Paul Nuttall (UK Independence Party)
Elwyn Watkins (Liberal Democrats)
David Bishop (Bus-Pass Elvis Party)
The Flying Brick (Monster Raving Loony Party)
Loz Kaye (Pirate Party of the United Kingdom)
Stephen Morris (English Democrats)

The by-election will take place on the 13th of Jan 2011.

According to wikipedia the May results were as follows;

Party Candidate Votes % ±%

Labour Phil Woolas 14,186 31.9 −10.7

Liberal Democrat Elwyn Watkins 14,083 31.6 −0.5

Conservative Kashif Ali 11,773 26.4 +8.7

BNP Alwyn Stott 2,546 5.7 +0.8

UKIP David Bentley 1,720 3.9 +1.8

Christian Gulzar Nazir 212 0.5 N/A
Which means only the Tories and Lib Dems are standing the candidates they stood in May. A Lib Dem win seems unlikely given the current circumstances so I guess that makes it a straight Tory - Labour fight for the seat.

Any predictions for placing the parties? Anyone want to predict that the Lib Dems come lower than third place - and if so who would beat them?


Ingenuity Lee said...

I think the early call for this by-election by the Lib Dems is a dirty trick that makes a mockery of the system in this country. I just hope it back fires for them and peopel get out there and vote.

Good luck to Peter in his campiagn I'm going try and get out there after Christmas and help but it doesn't leave anyone without big party resources much time for anything.


Merry Christmas

Chris said...

I would like to see and English Democrat, UKIP or Pirate win... not because i'm a supporter of any of them..just to see the look on faces when the result was announced..

Green would be nice too..then we'd have two Greens so they wouldn't get lonely