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Past Articles

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 […]

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 […]

Candidate Interview: Stephen Morris (English Democrats)

Stephen Morris of the English Democrats, pictured as he handed in his nomination papers at Oldham Council's offices yesterday. (picture: Stuart Coleman Photography)

The English Democrats’ candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has said integrity and honesty are the main focus of his campaign.

Stephen Morris also told Saddleworth News he felt he’d be able to offer “more of an independent” outlook if elected as our MP, because he wouldn’t be “tied” to […]

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 […]