A sad day for Rotherham. With such a low turnout, perhaps Rotherham has got what it deserves in the election of another Labour MP. No change there then.
maltbyblogger’s view on the comments of Kevin Barron and Roger Stone not printable here.
What’s your view ?
From Rotherham Advertiser :
“BY-ELECTION: Labour retains Rotherham seat
Sarah Champion – Rotherham’s newly elected Labour MP
Delighted Ms Champion, the town’s first woman MP, thanked her campaign team and said: “The hard work starts now. Tomorrow I will start dealing with the many issues raised with me during the campaign. I will serve as MP as I have at Bluebell Wood, not for what I can get out of it but for what I can put back in.”
Ms Champion won 9,866 votes, a majority of 5,218 over Ms Collins, who doubled UKIP’s 2010 vote count.
The BNP’s Marlene Guest finished in third with 1,804 votes, ahead of Respect’s Yvonne Ridley with 1,778.Mrs Guest said: “I’m appalled by the turnout. People say they will support you but then they stay home and vote for I’m A Celebrity instead.”
Cllr Mahroof Hussain, whose hopes of the Labour nomination were shot down by the party at national level, said: “From a personal point of view it would have been nice. But Sarah was chosen and Rotherham needs Labour, not soundbites from the likes of UKIP.”
Rother Valley MP Kevin Barron said: “I’m looking forward to working with Sarah, she’s done some terrific work with Bluebell Wood and now the Rotherham constituency will see that.”
Rotherham Borough Council leader Cllr Roger Stone added: “It’s like starting afresh. She has no baggage, she’s very bright and she’ll learn.”
Turnout was 33.89 per cent, compared with 59 per cent in the General Election two years ago.
Dr MacShane, Rotherham’s MP since 1994, resigned on November 2 over false expenses claims.
RESULTS IN FULL:
|BECKETT, Michael||Liberal Democrats 451|
|BRISTOW, Clint||Independent 29|
|CHAMPION, Sarah Deborah||Labour 9,866 ELECTED|
|COLLINS, Jane Maria||UKIP 4,648|
|COPLEY, Simon Keith||Independent 582|
|DICKSON, Paul||Independent 51|
|DYSON, Ralph||Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 261|
|GUEST, Marlene||British National Party 1,804|
|RIDLEY, Yvonne||Respect 1,778|
|WILDGOOSE, David Basil||English Democrats 703|
|WILSON, Simon Francis||