By-election news – Jane Brophy selected for Oldham West and Royton

jane_brophyThe Lib Dems have selected Jane Brophy as their candidate in the by-election in Oldham West and Royton, caused by the death of Michael Meacher MP. Polling day will be 3rd December.

Although Meacher held the seat in May with a majority of nearly 15,000, the Liberal Democrats ran the council until 2011.  Elections in Oldham tend to be Labour/Lib Dem battles and are often close, so we will be fighting hard in the by-election.

Jane is an experienced campaigner and has been a councillor for over 15 years. She works for the NHS in Greater Manchester.

Jane says:

The people of Oldham West and Royton need someone to stand up for them and the Liberal Democrats are the only party that will do that. Labour had the chance to oppose tax credit cuts and failed to do it.

The Tory tax credit cuts will affect 8,000 families in this area alone and it was only the Liberal Democrats who stood up for people by trying to stop these cuts completely in Parliament.

When it came to a crunch vote in the House of Lords, Labour just voted to delay cuts to child tax credits and UKIP’s one MP voted in favour, while the Conservatives just cheered them on. We deserve better than that.

Michael Meacher was a well-respected MP and it would be an honour to succeed him representing local people in Parliament.

On issues like Tax credits and like the Conservatives plan to wipe out council homes with its Housing Bill the message is clear: If you want a real opposition to this Conservative government only a Lib Dem MP can deliver that.


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  • Robert Eggleston 2nd Nov '15 - 10:13pm

    Let us know where the HQ will be. Whilst this a long shot we need to take this very seriously.

  • Ruth Bright 2nd Nov '15 - 10:43pm

    Jane is marvellous. We are very, very fortunate to have a candidate of that calibre.

  • Will head up from London on Saturday – where do we go?

  • Julian Gibb 3rd Nov '15 - 8:12am

    I’ve just been out in Huntly for the council By-election on Thursday. I don’t know about Oldham West but the LibDems are in major trouble in a traditional LibDem area North of the border. An area that once provided MP’s and MSP’s for the party will send a clear message on Thursday in my opinion.

  • Andrew Martin 3rd Nov '15 - 10:21am

    Really pleased to see this. Jane is a good candidate and I hope she gets all the support she deserves.

  • Sounds more encouraging than our lack of activity in by elections last parliament. If we can get up in the region of 10% that would be a major success?

  • You seem to have a strong candidate and the LibDems – except for 2015 – normally get around 20% of the vote, so that is a good starting point. However, although I think Labour will lose – Corbyn is a disaster – this seat is made for UKIP and I think they will win easily. To win the LibDems will have to fight like their lives depend on the result and I don’t think they are up to it yet. However, a good second would remind the voters you are still around and with the state Labour is in that would help you.

  • Neil Sandison 3rd Nov '15 - 11:18am

    UKIP VOTES WITH TORIES FOR TAX CREDIT CUTS its got to be on a focus and through a letter box in this bye election.

  • “Elections in Oldham tend to be Labour/Lib Dem battles and are often close, so we will be fighting hard in the by-election”

    Strange you don’t seem to mention that in the GE in May the Lib Dems were 4th with a stunning 3.7% of the vote. I eagerly await the first Orwellian “It’s Neck and Neck” leaflet and “winning Here” posters!

  • Geoffrey Payne 3rd Nov '15 - 12:47pm

    Great choice of candidate. This is someone I will fight for.

  • nvelope2003 3rd Nov '15 - 12:55pm

    “I think Labour will lose” – only in your dreams I fear.

  • paul barker 3rd Nov '15 - 2:18pm

    We got 4% in May, if we could double that it would be a great result.This will be a very dull Byelection with a very low turnout. The Media will be trying to big up UKIP but their near-win next door was at the height of their sucsess, since then they have lost votes & members. Once its clear that Labour will win comfortably the London Media will lose interest & so will many voters.
    I am assuming their will be no “Independent Labour” style candidate.

  • Lester Holloway 3rd Nov '15 - 3:30pm

    The BAME population in the seat is 30%. We got 3.7% in the general election. The need to win over a greater share of this, predominately Muslim with a large Bangladeshi community, is great. We will need to work on this as a priority.

  • Julian Gibb:

    Not sure Huntly is hugely relevant to Oldham. Equally I could point to last Thursday in Congleton where our vote share went from 11.6% in May to 28.3%.

  • Julian Gibb, actually the Lib Dems got a slight % rise in their share of the vote and polled qui9te well overall.

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