Anybody who has followed UKIP’s recent performances in council by elections would not have been surprised at the resounding victory by Labour over UKIP at Oldham West, the seat held by the late Michael Meacher MP.
Once again the Westminster Parliament appeared out of touch with local reality when it assumed that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership would mean the end of Labour as a serious fighting force and a close run result at Oldham, heralding a revival for UKIP.
The combination of a popular young local candidate in Jim McMahon, the leader of Oldham Council, and the fact that the Labour Party has had a surge in membership meant that the party was well placed to win.
The serious loser is Nigel Farage who ran a vicious anti Corbyn campaign using the worst of the deluge of bad press coverage, expecting a big boost from white working class voters in Oldham. But it didn’t happen – hence his outrageous attack today on Asian voters for keeping Labour in poll position.
This is a real problem for Farage because his entire strategy is to get the votes of mainly white working class voters in the North so he can replace Labour as the official opposition by winning swathes of Northern seats.
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