Oldham West and Royston By-Election: UKIP must be rated the value bet

UKIP are throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at this by-election
UKIP are throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at this by-election

Thursday's by-election has enormous significance for UK politics, Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and the Labour Party in general. Paul Krishnamurty weighs it up, and concludes that we could be set for a seismic upset.

"A worrying signal for Labour came in the 2014 Heywood & Middleton by-election...with John Bickley coming within 700 votes of an enormous upset. Bickley is now the UKIP candidate for this contest, and the party are hyping up their chances. Rather than starting from scratch, they are already in second place and there is a substantial 8,000 strong Tory vote to squeeze."

Paul Krishnamurty

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