There’s been a lot of speculation about the possible date of the Oldham East and Saddleworth election rerun. Three High Court judges are considering Phil Woolas’ request for a judicial review of the ruling that voided the election result in the constituency.
Today there have been reports that there may not be a court judgement this week, which would delay an election until after Christmas.
Lib Dem Voice understands that the situation isn’t quite so clear cut and there is still the possibility of an election on December 16th. We’ll know for sure in the next few days.
Someone more cynical might ponder whether Labour are playing delaying tactics to make it harder for the Lib Dems to get help in – let’s not let them be right!
Any further delay will, of course, give the Liberal Democrats’ campaign even longer legs: I spent the weekend in Oldham & Saddleworth and there was no sign whatsoever of the other parties. It’s vital that the Lib Dems keep up the momentum in a longer campaign, while the delay caused by Woolas’ continuing challenge could seriously damage Labour’s chances.
Regardless of whether the election is on December 16th or January 13th, Elwyn Watkins and the team need your help now. A January 13th polling day would make the campaign a similar length to those victories in Brent East, Leicester South and Littleborough and Saddleworth – and they all had plenty of volunteers this early in the election.
With the New Year bank holiday on January 3rd this year, the campaign in the run up to January 13th would be very short. Help now is still crucial to winning – and whoever you are, if you come soon, you’ll be a Very Important Person.
Full details and directions to Oldham East and Saddleworth campaign HQ are here.