Thought of the day

 

At the general election in May, despite receiving almost four million votes, the party won a solitary seat, exposing the gross unfairness of the electoral system. Now, however, Ukip has an excellent chance to increase its representation in the Commons thanks to this Thursday’s by-election at Oldham West and Royton, caused by the recent death of Labour MP Michael Meacher. Normally this would be a rock-solid Labour constituency. Indeed, Meacher, a hardline Left-winger who had a majority of almost 15,000 in May, easily held the seat for 45 years. Labour’s cause has been further helped by the calibre of its candidate, council leader Jim McMahon, already regarded as possible future Cabinet minister. Yet Ukip is mounting an epic challenge to Labour’s dominance in the Lancashire seat. Their candidate, local businessman John Bickley, is a match for McMahon having almost snatched the nearby Heywood and Middleton seat from Labour at a by-election a year ago. Relying on the ethnic vote poisons civic life THAT result showed that across the north of England Ukip is becoming the real alternative to Labour, capturing the votes of the traditional working-class in a way that the Conservatives never can. What has really boosted Ukip’s Oldham campaign is the disastrous leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who has plunged his party into turmoil with his mix of ineptitude and extremism.

I have a Dream that UKIP take Oldham and god it’s looking good

‘People are very close to having the door slammed in their face’: Labour tales from the by-election doorstep – Manchester Evening News

People are very close to having the door slammed in their face’: Labour tales from the by-election doorstep 17:14, 27 NOV 2015 UPDATED 22:37, 27 NOV 2015 BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS Some Labour moderates now believe a Ukip win in Oldham West and Royton next Thursday would be for the best – because it could force a leadership coup