Gorton election will now take place on 8th June

It’s just been announced that, subject to approval by MPs, the Gorton poll will be cancelled as a by-election and will now take place along with all the other seats on 8th June.

From the BBC:

A by-election for the Manchester Gorton constituency has been cancelled after the House of Commons backed Theresa May’s call for a June general election.

The Cabinet Office said the election for the vacant seat, planned for 4 May, would now take place on 8 June as part of the nationwide polling day.

MPs will be asked to formally overturn the writ for the poll.

The proposed by-election would have created the anomaly of taking place after parliament had been dissolved.

Liberal Democrat candidate Jackie Pearcey said:

I’ve spent 30 years campaigning for our area, 21 years as a councillor. One month extra will not hurt.

The Liberal Democrats have knocked on tens of thousands of doors over the last few weeks and delivered thousands of leaflets.

The fact that people now have an extra month to make their decision won’t change the fact that Labour has let Manchester down.

We will now step up our campaign because people deserve better than a Labour party that has taken them for granted and backed a hard Brexit.

More and people are using this election to send a clear message to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn that our country is going in the wrong direction.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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8 Comments

  • Tony Dawson 19th Apr '17 - 6:54pm

    I like the way this arrogant government announces things such as general elections decided directly contrary to the reasons why the FTP Act was agreed by Parliament in the first place and the overturning of by-election writs as if it had a poodle Parliament.

    Oh, Hang on, it does. 🙁

    Do the Lords not have any say on any of these matters?

  • Ian Patterson 19th Apr '17 - 7:28pm

    Gives new meaning to long haul!

  • paul barker 19th Apr '17 - 9:04pm

    A classic example of The Tories helping Labour out. We should challenge this, firstly because The Tories are playing fast & loose with The Law, again & secondly because a Libdem victory on May 4th would be enormously helpful to our campaign.

  • It is bad news for us that Gorton is delayed>the lower turnout of by electiona is helpful to us .Gorton as a win at he GE is a huge extra challenge.

  • Richard Underhill 20th Apr '17 - 12:36pm

    522-13 is overwhelming, more than two thirds, therefore no need to fiddle a vote of confidence or no-confidence.

  • Jayne Mansfield 20th Apr '17 - 12:44pm

    @ Roger Heape,
    You welcome a lower turn out because it would be helpful to your party.

    Just when I thought I could no longer be shocked.

  • Andrew McCaig 20th Apr '17 - 1:47pm

    Richard,

    Corbyn has made a classic blunder in going along with May’s hubris.. If Labour had abstained (saying “we would welcome an election, but this is a panic election called the day after Easter to ease problems with the Tory hard right and avoid the imminent prosecution of 30 Tory MPs and agents. Tory votes should be enough to help Theresa May cut and run. Here in Labour we will abstain”). Then the motion would have fallen with <434 votes. Then Corbyn immediately calls a vote of no confidence in the Government. That calls May's bluff – does she accept no confidence in herself, and the election go ahead, or repeal the FTPA (looking like Erdogan!)

    This would have shown that May was not in control of events. Weak and incompetent. Tories would be back below 40% right now, Labour probably nearer 30%

  • David Evans 20th Apr '17 - 2:49pm

    Andrew, you are right to point out Jeremy Corbyn’s blunder. It is clear that the Conservatives have been planning for this for a while and have everything they need in place, troops, money, billboard sites etc., whereas we, and Labour do not. So to support her in her call to have an election at the time of her choosnig shows astonishing naiveity on Jeremy’s part.

    The response to May’s ‘Cut and Run’ General Election call should have been simple. “I note the honourable lady’s lack of confidence in her and her party’s ability to successfully deliver Brexit. Indeed I agree with her that her party is completely incapable of organising a successful booze up in a brewery within three years, never mind something as complex as completing all the Brexit negotiations. So I will not assist her in her foolishness, but I will make her this offer.”

    “The proper course of action when faced with a lack of confidence in her ability to deliver a successful Brexit deal, is to bring to this house a motion of no confidence in her party; and when she brings forward the said motion, she has my assurance that I and my party will follow her and her party into the ayes lobby to ensure that Britain gets what it needs – the opportunity to get rid of this demoralised and incompetent government – and I will fight the subsequent general election on that basis.”

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