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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.


March 29, 2012 - Posted by | National


  1. A bedtime thought, Richard: is this the result sown by years of Labour “harvesting” of postal votes?

    Comment by Gareth Epps | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  2. I called this one wrong didn’t I?! I had thought that Labour would hold this comfortably and Galloway get a thousand or so and not a landslide win with a 36.6% swing to Respect from Labour. A disappointment too for UKIP who I had hoped would beat the Lib-Dems but in the event came a few hundred behind them.

    The Opinions Polls which have been showing a Labour Lead recently have obviously not applied in Bradford West!

    The full result (with vote share and change since 2010 in brackets):
    George Galloway (Respect) 18,341 (55.89%, +52.83%)
    Imran Hussain (Lab) 8,201 (24.99%, -20.36%)
    Jackie Whiteley (C) 2,746 (8.37%, -22.78%)
    Jeanette Sunderland (LD) 1,505 (4.59%, -7.08%)
    Sonja McNally (UKIP) 1,085 (3.31%, +1.31%)
    Dawud Islam (Green) 481 (1.47%, -0.85%)
    Neil Craig (D Nats) 344 (1.05%)
    Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 111 (0.34%)

    Comment by Steve Foley | March 30, 2012 | Reply

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