Labour’s Jim McMahon increased vote share in Oldham by-election….reports Asian Lite News
Labour’s Jim McMahon bagged a 10,835 majority over UKIP’s John Bickley and a 62% vote share that was higher than at the general election. The Conservatives came third in the poll held at the former constituency of Sir Winston Churchill. The by-election was held after the death of Michael Meacher MP, who held the post since 1970.
After the result was announced, McMahon was asked if it was a victory for Corbynism. “It is just a victory for the Labour Party, a lot of hard work by a lot of volunteers who have come out to vote,” he replied.
Speaking to the BBC, the former leader of Oldham Council added that he was “delighted to have been elected tonight.”
Mr McMahon said he had “delivered a result that Michael would be proud of”.
Labour was defending a 14,738 majority from the general election. While its total majority was lower this time around, it ended up with a higher vote share as the turnout – just over 40% – was lower than at May’s poll.
Jeremy Corbyn said the by-election victory is a “vote of confidence” in his party.
The by-election – the first of this Parliament – was also the first major electoral test for Mr Corbyn, who was elected leader by more than half the party’s membership in September.
He has faced criticism from some within his party, with few of his MPs having backed his leadership campaign while senior figures warned he would damage Labour’s electoral chances.
Mr Corbyn said: “By-elections can be difficult for the party holding the seat, and turnouts are often low.
“But to increase our share of the vote since the general election is a vote of confidence in our party. It’s a clear demonstration that Labour is the party working people trust.”
- Jim McMahon (Labour) – 17,209 (62.11%)
- John Bickley (UKIP) – 6,487 (23.41%)
- James Daly (Conservative) – 2,596 (9.37%)
- Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrat) – 1,024 (3.70%)
- Simeon Hart (Green Party) – 249 (0.90%)
- Sir Oink A-Lot (Monster Raving Loony) – 141 (0.51%)