The first by-election of the year is to be held on Thursday 13 January (
Oldham and Saddleworth) and arguably unlucky for some would be those career politicians who have thrown their hats into the ring to replace the disgraced Labour MP Phil Woolas. On 5 November 2010, he was found to have breached the Representation of the People Act 1983 in the course of the 2010 general election. As a result his victory at the 2010 general election campaign has been declared void; he lost his seat in the House of Commons, and has been barred from holding public office for 3 years, thus the by-election.
Now I don’t know what it is about the location of Scunthorpe,which for those in the geographical know will tell you is in North Lincolnshire, and for many years the bunted-end of many a comedians joke. However what is not a joking matter is that two former members of our parliament and recently forced to stand aside because of their alleged dishonourable actions are connected with the Town. This is of course very useless information that everyone reading this blog needs to know, but there you have it. Phil Woolas was born in
Scunthorpe and Elliott Morley was for a great many years its representative Labour member in the House of Commons, and now one of the former members awaiting trial for the expenses dissembling.
Well my post today is not about the indiscretions of former and presently serving honourable members of which there are many I am sure, but then again, just can’t get my head around the fact that these people are not supposed to cheat or defraud, and the biggest law breakers are Labour members, well, I never would have predicted this twenty years ago.
Anyhow let me get back to my intended thread, today which is a bank holiday as in lieu of New Years Day falling on a Saturday sees Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, make what is being billed as a fresh appeal to Liberal Democrats, urging them to work with his party in pursuit of their shared ambition of "progressive" policies.
This call to arms by the Labour leader will be made in a speech in
Oldham, where the by-election will be held next week as a result of the removal of Labour MP, Phil Woolas.
Ed Miliband has a built-in love for Liberal Democrats it seems, these woolly and befuddled confused activists Ed would like to reach out to and cuddle; by bringing them on board his ship which says a great deal about his leadership and the none too prosperous direction the Labour Party is now travailing in.