Bradford West By-Election
Polls have now closed in the Bradford West by-election which is taking place today. Caused by the resignation of long-serving Labour MP Marsha Singh, the seat has been in Labour hands since 1974. However, if some rumours are to be believed there may be an upset on the cards.
What should be a dead cert for Labour has been thrown into doubt by the presence of Respect veteran (and former Labour MP) George Galloway.
The result in the 2010 General Election was:
Marsha Singh – Labour 18,401 – 45.3%
Zahid Iqbal – Conservative 12,638 – 31.1%
David Hall-Matthews – LD 4,732 – 11.7%
Jenny Sampson – BNP 1,370 – 3.4%
Arshad Ali – Respect 1,245 – 3.1%
David Ford – Green 940 – 2.3%
Jason Smith – UKIP 812 – 2.0%
Neil Craig – Dem Nats 438 – 1.1%
The candidates in the by-election are:
Labour – Imran Hussain
Respect – George Galloway
Conservative – Jackie Whiteley
Lib Dem – Jeanette Sunderland
Green – Dawud Islam
UKIP – Sonja McNally
Loony – Howling Laud Hope
Dem Nats – Neil Craig
We should get the results in the early hours of the morning and with Labour up in the polls since 2010 they should be expecting an increased majority. We will have to see whether that is the case or whether George Galloway will deal a blow to Labour and Ed Miliband’s leadership.