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 an interesting few days for all concerned on the campaign trail in Stoke-on-Trent Central.
We had the former and current leader of UKIP ‘egged’ in Hanley town centre, a concert hall full of U-kippers, and a smattering of NorScarf protesters outside objecting to their presence – which I’m calling a Marmite protest because they aren’t to everyone’s taste and I need to keep up the food theme in the title.
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.
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.
After a two hour grilling of the three final candidates, I can confirm that the Labour Party PPC to contest the upcoming by-election for Stoke-on-Trent Central is Newcastle Borough Councillor Gareth Snell.
Each candidate gave a 10 address followed by 20 minutes of questions from CLP members.