Labour have been forced to cancel a phone canvassing event in support of Oldham by-election candidate Jim McMahon at their Brewers Green HQ tonight. The safety of those attending the phonebank could not be guaranteed because Stop the War are marching on it in protest at Corbyn’s decision to allow a free vote. Labour sources are understandably furious.
Labour are having a hard time of it in Oldham and despite a massive majority when the seat was last contested by the late Michael Meacher of some 14,000 votes, UKIP are apparentley closing the gap.
The Guardian reports:
Oldham West also has a sizeable Tory vote; 19% backed David Cameron’s party in May. Ukip needs a big chunk of this if it is to close the gap with Labour. It helps that it begins in second place and is widely acknowledged to be the only viable local challenger.
Labour needs to hold this seat with a firm majority and both wings of the party know it. The candidate is a moderate and Momentum, the tendency around Corbyn have sent in supporters to canvass because a loss will seriously damage the dear leaders standing.
Meanwhile there's still no sign that the StWC will ever demonstrate outside the Russian Embassy......
Do Russian bombs not count then comrades?