Stoke-on-Trent Central Labour Long List – Who’s Left?

labour-party-logoOK so the long listing for the Labour Party candidate selection has been announced and it contains no surprises and some glaring omissions.

The complete list is, in alphabetical order:

Cllr Sam Corcoran
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Can UKIP Win in Stoke-on-Trent Central?

Tristram Hunt has today triggered the process needed to resign as the member of parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

The Labour Party have announced that the by-election will take place on the 23rd February 2017. The by-election for the Copeland constituency, which was triggered by the resignation of Jamie Reed MP, will take place on the same day.

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The Battle for Stoke-on-Trent Central

tristramhuntLet me start by saying, I am applying to be the Labour Party candidate in the upcoming by-election for the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central. I think I’m ideally placed to takeover from Tristram Hunt.

Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely no right to stand whatsoever, I’m not a Labour Party member – but I just hate missing out on things!

Seriously though, did you know there are about 100+ expected applicants from across the party membership?

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Why Walley? Why?

After a considerable absence from blogging I’ve decided to bring myself back online.

The reason’s why are numerous but I’m in a really good place at the moment.

Politically – I’m not in ANY party and I’m not likely to ever be again. I’m still in touch with many people who are. I’ve still got loads of contact in all parties and groups and I still get loads of information passed to me. I think I’ve still got my finger pretty much on the pulse, especially locally. I have issues with policies and people from all groups locally and the many shenanigans that get played out across the three constituencies and the council chamber and I’m not afraid of voicing my opinion on any subject – hence this blog.

Broadcasting – Since I’m concentrating on presenting sport on the radio at the moment, I don’t think that I have a conflict of interest because I am not covering news and politics. If any media organisation approaches me for my view, I’m free to express it without bringing any organisation I’m connected with into disrepute.

Other stuff – I don’t want this site just to be a ranting opportunity. I have interests in food (both cooking it and eating it – in or out), wine (both buying it and drinking it), music (both listening to it and presenting it on the radio) reading (both kindle and hardback) and theatre, (both drama and live music) – all this gives me a diverse range of topics to blog about.

But let’s face facts. There is loads of political stuff going down here – the resignation of Tristram Hunt, the issues facing the council’s ruling coalition now that they have realised that leadership isn’t all about jumping on passing bandwagon’s.

I can’t wait to get stuck in.