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« on: March 01, 2012, 05:03:03 am »
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The Labour MP for Bradford West, Marsha Singh, has announced that he intends to resign his seat in Parliament due to "serious health problems". Michael Crick is reporting that Labour are not going to wait for the local elections to hold the by-election but may hold it as early as March 29th. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17218405
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2012, 05:10:22 am »
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Well, I think than Al would say than it is too early to make a thread, but...

I wish a good and swift recovery to Mr. Singh.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2012, 06:12:24 am »
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Well, I think than Al would say than it is too early to make a thread, but...

I wish a good and swift recovery to Mr. Singh.

If he had died, then yes, I agree, but this is a resignation from Parliament (just as the Labour MP for Leicester South resigned from Parliament) and when an MP resigns then I believe a thread can be started straight away (especially in this case as the by-election could be held in four weeks time)
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012, 06:20:14 am »
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Good luck to Marsha Singh

Crick has changed his mind and he now says it will likely be on May 3 but Craig from SKY says it will be March 29th

Bradford West was one of the very few constituencies to have a Lab to Con swing in 1997 GE (the other being Bethnal Green and Bow). The NEC selection panel can have a tricky job to do. A local name already reported to be in the race is Cllr Imran Hussain.
It has also been suggested that Manchester Cllr Afzal Khan has been working the CLP for some time waiting for the selection to come up. I think Khan has spent years waiting for Gerald Kaufman's retirement in Manchester Gorton ...I don't know if the likely upcoming vacancy in Manchester Central will change his plans.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2012, 12:07:06 pm »
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This has been on the cards for a while. A shame as I've always quite liked Marsha Singh. Hope he gets better.

Anyway, I'll write up the usual by-election special post at the weekend.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2012, 12:08:36 pm »
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LAB hold.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012, 01:20:55 pm »
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Let's hope he gets better.

This constituency has a slightly odd recent history.  As Andrea says, it had a pro-Tory swing in 1997, and it also had a pro-Labour swing in 2010.  (If the national swing from 2005 had applied, I think it would have gone Tory.  But national swings and Bradford West don't appear to mix.)  In between, the Lib Dem vote collapsed in 2001 and then had a big increase in 2005 (Iraq may well have been a factor in the latter).
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2012, 01:24:37 pm »
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That's a shame. Best wishes to him.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2012, 02:17:56 pm »
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2011 Bradford Council election results in the constituency (from the Council website):

City: Lab 64%, Con 28%, Green 5%, LD 3%

Clayton & Fairweather Green: Lab 56%, Con 30%, Green 8%, LD 6%

Heaton: Lab 48%, Con 26%, Green 21%, LD 4%

Manningham: Lab 72%, LD 20%, Green 5%, Con 3%

Thornton & Allerton: Con 47%, Lab 38%, Green 12%, LD 3%

Toller: Lab 81%, Con 12%, Green 5%, LD 2%
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« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 02:30:51 pm »
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Ah, Toller ward.
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 02:52:10 pm »
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Those wards look like far stronger Labour than their constituency's recent results would suggest.
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012, 03:30:53 pm »
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Those wards look like far stronger Labour than their constituency's recent results would suggest.

... and indeed than their own recent results would suggest.  In 2004 (see Andrew Teale's website) every one of them elected at least one Tory.  As recently as 2008 (link to Andrew's site again) four of them voted Tory, including Toller.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012, 03:38:58 pm »
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Those wards look like far stronger Labour than their constituency's recent results would suggest.

... and indeed than their own recent results would suggest.  In 2004 (see Andrew Teale's website) every one of them elected at least one Tory.  As recently as 2008 (link to Andrew's site again) four of them voted Tory, including Toller.

So are they something like those Hasidic Jewish wards in NYC, or the polygamous Mormon town in Texas?
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012, 05:44:48 pm »
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I wonder if Norman Scarth will stand.  That would liven things up.
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There cannot have been a by-election here, as I didn't see an Andrew Teale writeup on it. Or else that by-election's validity should be challenged on the grounds that it was held without Andrew's written approval
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012, 04:53:54 am »
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I somehow thought Marsha Singh was ancient, but I've just looked it up and he's not even 60. Who am I confusing him with?
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012, 05:35:04 am »
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I somehow thought Marsha Singh was ancient, but I've just looked it up and he's not even 60. Who am I confusing him with?

The late Piara Khabra?
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2012, 06:56:41 am »
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I wonder if Norman Scarth will stand.  That would liven things up.

Thomas Darwood would do that and more. Never has "Independent candidate, Barking" been so accurate a description....

http://tomdarwood.com/default.aspx
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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2012, 07:49:31 am »
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Oh.

I feel confused. It is very strange.
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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2012, 10:40:42 am »
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Singh has officially resigned. I'll put together the usual profile (maybe in a new thread; it's easier if that post is the first one) soon. Or most of it. Or something.
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