Labour retains Oldham in a blow for the coalition

first_img whatsapp Labour retains Oldham in a blow for the coalition KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp Thursday 13 January 2011 9:10 pm LABOUR triumphed over the coalition parties last night, retaining the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat in yesterday’s by-election.Labour candidate Debbie Abrahams held the seat with a several thousand vote majority, ahead of Liberal Democrat Elwyn Watkins in second position, while Conservative candidate Kashif Ali trailed behind. Voter turnout was 48.06 per cent.The result in the largest constituency in Greater Manchester is seen as punishment of the Lib Dems for their role in the coalition government alongside the Conservatives.The victory keeps Labour in the seat, which came up for election after sitting MP Phil Woolas was removed from office for lying about his opponent Watkins in election material.The constituency, with a left-leaning electorate and concerns over the effect of public sector cuts on jobs, should have been an easy Lib Dem win. But voter animosity against Nick Clegg for leading the Lib Dems to backtrack on key election pledges such as tuition fees decimated the party’s chance of a win. The loss will add to pressure on Clegg to pacify the party’s support base. Show Comments ▼ Share Read This Next’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe WrapHow HGTV’s ‘Renovation Island’ Changed Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’sThe Wrap’Bridgerton’ Stars Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan on Daphne andThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’ Earns $17 Million 5-Day Opening as Box OfficeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The WrapEverything We Know, or Think We Know, About the Time-Keepers on ‘Loki’The Wrap’The Crown’: What Went Into Finding Princess Diana and Margaret ThatcherThe Wraplast_img read more