Posts Tagged “oldham east and saddleworth”

After Oldham: what does the result mean for the party’s targeting strategy?

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2011

After all the anticipation and build-up, yesterday’s Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election was a bit of a damp squib. Labour retained the seat with a decent and improved majority, as would be expected of the only major opposition party. The Lib Dems held our own, Elwyn Watkins nudging up the share of the vote he […]

Those Oldham East and Saddleworth polls: what do they mean?

by Stephen Tall on January 9, 2011

We reported last night the results of the three opinion polls published ahead of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election this Thursday. Let’s take a look now at the only two questions that matter when reading these polls… 1. Will the opinion polls prove accurate? Opinion polls in by-elections have a notoriously patchy record — […]

The Times’ advice to voters in Oldham: “They should vote Lib Dem.”

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2011

Well, here’s a bit of a turn-up… While the Lib Dems’ erstwhile friends, the Guardian and Independent, take delight in stilettoing the party, The Times has come out in support of the Lib Dems’ Elwyn Watkins in next week’s Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. No link, I’m afraid — blame the paper’s paywall — but […]

So much for my hopes of getting rich courtesy of Paddy Power…

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2011

I posted to Lib Dem Voice this afternoon Paddy Power’s OTT press release — claiming that “Victory for the Lib Dems in Oldham is now as unlikely as Manchester United finishing at the bottom of this year’s Premier League with (…)

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For the Lib Dems, Paddy Power means something entirely different

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2011

There were only 103 votes in it back in May, a statistic the voters of Oldham East and Saddleworth may have noticed one or twice on Elwyn Watkins‘ Lib Dem by-election campaign literature. But, according to bookmakers Paddy Power, the race is over. As The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow acerbically notes on his essential daily live-blog, […]

Ed Miliband’s home affairs appointments: can we really take him seriously on civil liberties?

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2010

One of the more cheering bits of Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour party conference was his pledge that the party under his leadership would once again take seriously the issue of civil liberties, of individual rights My generation recognises too that government can itself become a vested interest when it comes to civil liberties. […]