in Oldham East and Saddleworth, how many times do I have to say this! So, no matter what the LibDems are doing there, I do not believe the Labour Party should be behaving as if they are in the middle of a key by-election. On the day Phil Woolas seeks judicial review of the previous court decision. A correspondent who is a Labour Party activist in the Midlands says this:
they are behaving as if we are in the middle of a key by-election - even one in a seat previously held by a Liberal MP. It is as if Phil Woolas never existed. I wonder if the swine are happily tramping past his constituency offices with their loathsome leaflets etc?
Sally Bercow isn't quite my cup of poison, but, hats off to her for standing up for Phil. And hats also off to John Bercow for holding firm.
I suppose most of all, I despite those little creeps and creepettes who will have received the 'call' and happily abandoned family/work/ to run off and canvass - no doubt thinking it would earn them Brownie points for future selection applications.
in response to this communication from Labour North-West.organiser Noel Hutchinson:
over the weekend more than 100 people responded to my email and came out campaigning in Oldham East and Saddleworth.
Your help is making a real difference here. The party is really grateful and local people in Oldham and Saddleworth have mentioned how great it is to see Labour highlighting the government's broken promises.
But the Lib Dems are hard at work putting out leaflets and knocking on doors. We cannot let their claims go unchallenged and with today's news that Greater Manchester Police is cutting over a quarter of its workforce, despite Lib Dem pledges, we need to hold them to account for their broken promises.
I am making a personal request. Just a few hours of your time will have a huge impact.
We can only keep up with the Lib Dems with your help.
will you come to Oldham?
Our campaign centre is open seven days a week from 9am until 7pm and a map is available here.
The address is:
Unit 3 Bizspace - Saddleworth
Delph New Road
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the campaign office on 0787 2417 249 to let us know when you can make it.
North West Regional Director
Leaving aside the desperate tone of that message, some of us remember what happened when Fiona Jones was convicted of an election offence. I was in the Chamber when Madam Speaker announced the conviction to the House and declared the seat vacant. I remember the relish in her voice, the nasty old bitch. And I remember when Fiona Jones was exonerated on appeal and came back into the House. I remember the Government Chief Whip turning her back on Fiona. And I remember what happened to Fiona later, may she rest in peace.