I don’t ever think I’ve seen such an interesting, intense and at times completely pathetic election campaign as the one being played out in Stoke-on-Trent Central.
In fact I’ve wondered if any of the main contenders are really trying to win it, when it looks to all intents and purposes as though they are doing their level best to lose it!
It’s been a fascinating campaign for all concerned in the upcoming by-election with all the main contenders having their problems.
First off UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has come unstuck over the address he declared on his nomination papers.
The Labour Party in North Staffordshire is spectacularly good at shooting itself in the foot it seems.
Paul Farrelly the Labour Party member of parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme has this evening voted against a 3line whip in the Article 50 debate imposed by his leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Following his victorious performance in the Stoke-on-Trent Central CLP selection meeting, Gareth Snell has issued the following statement:
Gareth Snell reaches out to local Labour voters
I’m delighted to have been chosen by local Labour members here in Stoke-on-Trent Central to be the voice of local people. I’m proud to come from the Potteries and even prouder to be standing to represent our home in Parliament.
Labour has always stood up for local people here in Stoke-on-Trent, whether it’s building our first new hospital in 100 years or defending our vital children’s centres.
The Tories haven’t done anything for our city, and now they’re trying to sell off £1.2 billion of cancer and end of life care in North Staffordshire. And UKIP’s plans for our NHS are clear – sell it all off to the highest bidder.
Only Labour will do what is needed to get a fair deal for the people of Stoke-on-Trent Central.
OK 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
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.
Let 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?