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Letter From Paul Nuttall MEP

Paul Nuttall MEP

Below is a letter to the editor from Paul Nuttall MEP, a UKIP member for the North West. It’s about Oldham Council’s free IT help service for the over 50s, which you can read about here. I’ve reproduced the letter in full.

If you’d like to respond to the points made in the letter then leave a comment below. Or you can send a letter to the editor yourself, about this or any Saddleworth subject, by […]

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 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.

UKIP Anger Over Damaged Posters

UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall with one of the defaced billboards. (picture: UKIP)

UKIP has given a furious response after two of its large billboards were defaced.

Five smaller hoardings were also damaged, and the party has said it’s reported the matter to the police.

The affected posters, which focused on the party’s immigration policy, were situated on Shaw Road, Lees Road and near Greenfield Station.

UKIP’s candidate Paul Nuttall said in a statement: “These overnight attacks show that we […]

UKIP Leader Joins By-Election Campaign

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, pulling a pint at The Grouse Inn on Lees Road in Clarksfield yesterday. (all pictures: Stuart Coleman Photography)

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has urged voters to back his party in the Saddleworth by-election, saying the three main parties “look the same, sound the same, and there are almost no policy differences” between them.

Campaigning with candidate and fellow MEP Paul Nuttall at a pub in Clarksfield yesterday, Mr Farage said he thought trust in politics […]

Candidate Interview: Paul Nuttall (UKIP)

Paul Nuttall MEP pictured at UKIP's campaign office in Clarksfield today

UKIP’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has urged local people to back him, saying “you cannot trust” the three main parties.

Paul Nuttall, who’s an MEP for the North West region, said in an interview with Saddleworth News today that the by-election has been “built on a pyramid of lies.”

He said: “Whether it’s Labour lying on their own election literature which has caused this […]