Labour sweeps to victory in Oldham with increased vote share Watch

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Over 62% of the vote and 10,800 more votes than UKIP. A 7% increase in vote share for labour.

Not bad considering many had predicted UKIP to significantly close the gap on labour or even win it.

Wider implications? Who knows, more relief than excitement for labour but it's a strong result and should bring a little bit of confidence back.

I wonder how Dan hodges will put a negative spin on this.
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Waiting for Simon Danszuck to write a story in the Express about how Corbyn still did bad on this occasion.
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(Original post by James Milibanter)
Waiting for Simon Danszuck to write a story in the Express about how Corbyn still did bad on this occasion.
I'm waiting for all those who said that if Labour had lost it would be due to corbyn yet will claim that he had nothing to do with the increased vote share.

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I'm waiting for all those who said that if Labour had lost it would be due to corbyn yet will claim that he had nothing to do with the increased vote share.

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That's an obvious one. So frustrating, I don't always agree with Corbyn, but the majority of the criticism is just downright appalling now.

I'm really not happy with Hillary Benn's speech it just feels that somebody, probably in the employ of Rupert Murdoch, just said to him, "Look, boy, toe the line, deliver THIS speech we've drafted for you, vote FOR the bombs, and we'll make you the next Labour Prime Minister. Or if you don't want to play ball, we'll just do the usual hatchet-job on you, and you'll be toast. 24 hours to make your mind up, Hillsy......"
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The BBC news app says, and I quote: "Labour wins Oldham West and Royton by-election with a reduced majority"...
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The BBC news app says, and I quote: "Labour wins Oldham West and Royton by-election with a reduced majority"...
Increased vote share (from 54.8% to 62.3%), but a lower majority (from 14,738 to 10,845).

Explained by the drop in voter turnout: from 59.6% (43,137) to 40.3% (27,819).
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(Original post by Illiberal Liberal)
Increased vote share (from 54.8% to 62.3%), but a lower majority (from 14,738 to 10,845).

Explained by the drop in voter turnout: from 59.6% (43,137) to 40.3% (27,819).
Yes we know, but it's huge spin. Because it doesn't account for the fact that turnout was 1/3 lower.

Percentage is more important and the BBC should have led with 'labour increases vote share'.


So Corbyn has passed his first electoral test as leader. Who knows what it means but it probably secures his job at least until the May elections.
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(Original post by emiloujess)
The BBC news app says, and I quote: "Labour wins Oldham West and Royton by-election with a reduced majority"...
Not exactly unbiased reporting considering almost 20k people didn't turnout to vote since the GE.
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Yes we know, but it's huge spin. Because it doesn't account for the fact that turnout was 1/3 lower.

Percentage is more important and the BBC should have led with 'labour increases vote share'.

So Corbyn has passed his first electoral test as leader. Who knows what it means but it probably secures his job at least until the May elections.
I was just giving the pure statistics.

FWIW, I agree with everything you've said.
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11,000 postal votes? lol
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(Original post by Illiberal Liberal)
Increased vote share (from 54.8% to 62.3%), but a lower majority (from 14,738 to 10,845).

Explained by the drop in voter turnout: from 59.6% (43,137) to 40.3% (27,819).

Ah right, thank you

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Not exactly unbiased reporting considering almost 20k people didn't turnout to vote since the GE.
When did I say it was unbiased? I was confused and my confusion has been perfectly explained above.
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(Original post by emiloujess)


When did I say it was unbiased? I was confused and my confusion has been perfectly explained above.
I was only speculating on the BBC
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Woodcock will be on the TV at some point about what a great local candidate he is, and how Corbyn didn't factor into it at all.
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Woodcock will be on the TV at some point about what a great local candidate he is, and how Corbyn didn't factor into it at all.
We can count on it.
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The number of postal votes is just pathetic, but that's another story.

As someone from Oldham, though technically in the east constituency, I'm fully aware of the level of political apathy around here. We're at a point where no longer does the average (white) working class citizen bother to treck to their local polling station, whether it be a by-election or the main thing.
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Great news! Bring on Labour 2020!
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The number of postal votes is just pathetic, but that's another story.

As someone from Oldham, though technically in the east constituency, I'm fully aware of the level of political apathy around here. We're at a point where no longer does the average (white) working class citizen bother to treck to their local polling station, whether it be a by-election or the main thing.
Sorry but firstly, the postal votes thing is just sour grapes I'm afraid, and secondly, the UKIP mantra that only the white people's votes actually count is nothing but racist. Labour have been slammed over and over again because immigrants and foreigners tend to vote for them, but maybe that's because they'd rather vote for a party that preaches tolerance than one that preaches division and expresses racism.
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(Original post by Bill_Gates)
Great news! Bring on Labour 2020!
Dude, you're basically an AnCap.
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(Original post by James Milibanter)
Sorry but firstly, the postal votes thing is just sour grapes I'm afraid, and secondly, the UKIP mantra that only the white people's votes actually count is nothing but racist. Labour have been slammed over and over again because immigrants and foreigners tend to vote for them, but maybe that's because they'd rather vote for a party that preaches tolerance than one that preaches division and expresses racism.
I never said only white votes count, but I think it's sad that they've been alienated in the very nation that their ancestors have created.
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I never said only white votes count, but I think it's sad that they've been alienated in the very nation that their ancestors have created.
You're basically preaching white supremacy.
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