Friday, 1 October 2010
Labour hold Longdendale in cleanest by-election for years
Janet Cooper, the victorious Labour candidate in the Longdendale by-election shook hands with her Conservative and BNP rivals and gave both a peck on the cheek at last night's count in Hyde Town Hall. In many ways this summed up the low key and clean campaign over the last four weeks.
The Green candidate did not appear, though there was a Green contingent there. Of UKIP, nothing was seen.
Both Janet's and Bob Adlard's address at the end of the count were well received but as usual the Labour contingent, led by Hyde Godley Councillor James Fitzpatrick, walked out when the BNP candidate, Anthony David Jones gave his short address.
In his address he thanked all those who had assisted him and made allowences for his disability, irrespective of party.
The result was a disappointment for the three minor parties, undoubtedly due to the fact that national politics have changed since May 2010 with a new Prime Minister, a new Labour leader and a Tory Government intent on sweeping cuts. It is easy for the Labour party to pose as the champions of the underdogs and not the oppressive government.
For the record, the result:-