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Past Articles

Council Candidate Interview: Adrian Alexander (Labour, Saddleworth West and Lees)

Labour candidate Adrian Alexander, pictured in spring sunshine in Dobcross yesterday.

Labour’s candidate for the Saddleworth West and Lees ward on Oldham Council has said a mixture of local and national issues will feature in his campaign between now and polling day on 5 May.

Adrian Alexander told Saddleworth News: “In the local, a lot of it is about the roads, the potholes, and all the damage to the cars that this […]

Debbie Abrahams Wins By-Election

A smiling Debbie Abrahams arrives at the count, accompanied by Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams is the new MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She won the by-election with a comfortable majority of 3,558 over the Liberal Democrat candidate Elwyn Watkins. The Conservative Kashif Ali was well beaten in third.

Although Labour had been strong favourites to win the poll, the margin of victory was notably more than had been expected. Also better than predicted was […]

The By-Election Result: Live

Here’s the Saddleworth News election night liveblog, as it happened!

2:40am: I’m off home now to write up a story with the reaction of the candidates and the story of the night. I’ve also just recorded an interview for Radio Five Live’s Morning Reports, so listen out for that after 5am too. Thank you to everyone who has read this liveblog, and thanks in particular for your comments and tweets, it’s been a lot of fun!

2:35am: Interviewed both the […]

Delph Organisers Defend BNP Ejection

The police ask the BNP's Derek Adams to leave.

The organisers of yesterday’s controversial by-election debate in Delph have defended their decision to ask the police to escort the BNP candidate from the building. Derek Adams had staged a sit-in protest on the stage, because he hadn’t been invited to join five other candidates on the panel.

The event was put on by the Delph Community Association and Delph Traffic Group. In a statement tonight, the organisers said: “No […]

Letter: Delph Hustings

Below is a letter to the editor sent by Susan Hilder. It’s about the removal of the BNP candidate from yesterday’s hustings debate in Delph, and I’ve reproduced the letter in full.

If you would like to respond to the points made in the letter, you can either leave a comment below this post, or send an e-mail by clicking on the Contact option at the top of this page. If you would like an e-mail published on this website […]

Delph Hosts Feisty By-Election Debate

(left to right) Green candidate Peter Allen, Debbie Abrahams of Labour, debate moderator Bob Rodgers, Conservative Kashif Ali, Elwyn Watkins of the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall at today's hustings in Delph.

Five of the candidates in Thursday’s Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election took part in a well-attended hustings meeting in Delph this afternoon. At times, the debate was the most intense we’ve seen in the campaign so far.

Candidate Interview: Derek Adams (BNP)

BNP Chairman Nick Griffin (left) with candidate Derek Adams in Lees yesterday.

The BNP’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has said “high unemployment and anti-white racism” are the main issues for his campaign.

Derek Adams also used an interview with Saddleworth News to say he had “a little bit of sympathy” with former MP Phil Woolas, who was stripped of his victory in May’s general election for telling lies about an opponent in his election leaflets.


Ten Candidates To Fight By-Election

Baroness Warsi and Kashif Ali campaigning in Uppermill today.

Ten candidates are standing in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. The list was revealed by election officials after nominations closed this afternoon.

Among the notable absentees is BNP leader Nick Griffin. He had indicated he was considering putting his name forward, but instead the party will be represented by Derek Adams.

Left-wing party Respect isn’t fielding a candidate at all, despite suggesting it would after its best-known figure George […]

Nominations Open For Saddleworth By-Election

Cllr Phil Renold and Elwyn Watkins at Oldham Council's offices today. (picture: Liberal Democrats)

Nominations have opened for the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Candidates have until 4pm this Thursday to complete the necessary paperwork to allow them to stand.

The Liberal Democrats carried out the formalities this morning. Candidate Elwyn Watkins was joined by his election agent, Dobcross-based parish councillor Phil Renold, to hand in the required forms.

We’re expecting at least seven other candidates to enter the […]

By-Election Looms As Woolas Gives In

Phil Woolas after last month's original verdict in Uppermill.

Phil Woolas has admitted defeat in his attempts to overturn the ruling which threw him out of parliament. The former Saddleworth MP was at the High Court in central London today to hear three senior judges agree with the outcome of the earlier election court case, in which Mr Woolas was found guilty of knowingly lying about his Liberal Democrat opponent Elwyn Watkins.

The ex-Labour minister said he had reached […]

Field Grows Ahead Of Potential By-Election

Cllr Ken Hulme is considering standing if there's a by-election.

Even though we don’t know for sure whether there’s actually going to be a by-election here in Saddleworth, parties large and small have certainly been preparing for one. And the number of potential candidates is growing all the time.

Labour is in the uncomfortable position of waiting for the outcome of the appeal being brought by former MP Phil Woolas. He was stripped of his general election victory for […]

Labour Remain Largest Party On Kirklees Council

Labour are still the largest party on Kirklees Council following Thursday’s local elections. They’ve got 24 seats with the Liberal Democrats on 20 and the Conservatives on 19.

There are also four Greens and two independents. Labour gained two seats in Thurday’s poll, while the Conservatives lost two, dashing Tory hopes of becoming the largest party.

Talks have been taking place over the weekend between the different sides to decide on the make-up of the council’s administration. From now on, […]

Woolas Clings On In Oldham East And Saddleworth

Phil Woolas scraped back in by 103 votes for another term as MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth.

Labour’s Phil Woolas has been returned as MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth – but only just. He needed two recounts to see off Liberal Democrat Elwyn Watkins, with a final majority of 103 votes on a swing from Labour to the Lib Dems of 5.1%. Kashif Ali came a strong third for the Conservatives.

Jonny Reynolds Holds Stalybridge And Hyde For Labour

Jonny Reynolds, the new Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde.

Labour’s Jonny Reynolds is the new MP for Stalybridge and Hyde. He held the seat with a much-reduced majority of 2,744 over the Conservative candidate Rob Adlard. There was an 8.5% swing from Labour to the Tories.

The Liberal Democrat John Potter was a distant third, while the BNP’s David Jones just saved his deposit in fourth place with 2,259 votes. Both […]