Oldham: vote of confidence in new Labour democracy, caring for the 99%
There was prolonged media speculation that the people of Oldham would turn to UKIP, reinforced by selected ‘soundbites’ with locals who said they would not vote for Corbyn’s Labour.
Tamara Cohen in the Daily Mail tried valiantly to downplay this achievement, but the accompanying graphic (above) and the words quoted compensated for her attempt to diminish this electoral success.
Jim McMahon said: ‘I can say with confidence that we represent every community in Oldham and every community came out and voted Labour’ and added that Oldham’s former MP, the late Michael Meacher, would have been proud of the result.
Jeremy Corbyn’s comment was: “Jim McMahon will make an excellent MP and a worthy successor to Michael Meacher, and I am looking forward to welcoming him to Labour’s team at Westminster: Jim ran a great campaign, focusing on bringing jobs to Oldham and giving every child the best opportunities.
“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”.
Mr Corbyn ended by welcoming this ‘clear demonstration’ of trust.