Jeremy Corbyn faces early test of Labour leader credentials but UKIP the only danger to elected candidate
Oldham West and Royton has a vacant seat following the sad passing of Michael Meacher, with Jim McMahon likely to stand as the new Labour candidate for a by-election that will take place on Thursday 3 December.
This has always been a safe Labour seat and the bookies aren’t expecting things to change, with Coral offering a best price 1/12 that the nominated Labour candidate claims the most votes.
In addition to McMahon, Chris Williamson is also on the Labour shortlist along with Mohammed Azam and Jane East. Whoever gets the nod will surely get over the line considering the majority was nearly 15,000 earlier this year at the General Election.
UKIP finished second on that occasion and Ladbrokes offer 8/1 that they somehow close the gap within the space of a few months, while the Conservative Party are as big as 50/1 to pull off an amazing coup by winning this by-election.
Jeremy Corbyn will undoubtedly use any victory to declare that it’s a vote of confidence from the British public although this result is unlikely to tell us a great deal about the nation’s voting tendencies.
It falls at a tricky time for the Conservative Party who have struggled to push through their controversial tax credits bill, with the House of Lords intervening much to the disgruntlement of George Osborne.