Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election, 2014

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Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election
United Kingdom
2010 ←
13 February 2014
→ 2015

 
Candidate Mike Kane John Bickley Rev. Daniel Critchlow
Party Labour UKIP Conservative
Popular vote 13,261 4,301 3,479
Percentage 55.3% 18.0% 14.5%

WythenshaweSaleEast2007Constituency.svg

Map showing the Wythenshawe and Sale East Parliamentary constituency within the English Metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

MP before election

Paul Goggins
Labour

Subsequent MP

Mike Kane
Labour

The Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election was a by-election held on 13 February 2014[1] for the Parliament of the United Kingdom's House of Commons constituency of Wythenshawe and Sale East, following the death of the former MP, Paul Goggins.[2]

The election was won by Mike Kane of the Labour Party[3] with a greatly increased share of the vote compared with the 2010 general election. UKIP, which had previously performed poorly, came second, beating the Conservative Party into third place. The Liberal Democrats lost their deposit. The turnout was 28.2%, compared with 54.3% for the 2010 general election.

Background[edit]

On 30 December 2013, Goggins became seriously ill after collapsing while running.[4] He died in hospital on 7 January 2014 following complications from a brain haemorrhage.[2][5]

Candidates and result[edit]

Applications to register to vote had to be received by Manchester City Council by 28 January.[6] The Statement of Persons Nominated was published at 5 pm on 29 January 2014.[7]

The result was declared at around 2.30am GMT on Friday, 14 February.[8]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
By-election 2014[9]
Turnout: 23,961 (28.2%) -26.1
Labour hold
Majority: 8,960 (37.4%)
Swing: 1.6% from Lab to UKIP
Mike Kane Labour 13,261 55.3 +11.2
John Bickley UKIP 4,301 18.0 +14.5
Rev. Daniel Critchlow Conservative 3,479 14.5 -11.0
Mary di Mauro Liberal Democrat 1,176 4.9 -17.4
Nigel Woodcock Green 748 3.1 N/A
Eddy O'Sullivan BNP 708 3.0 -0.9
Captain Chaplington-Smythe Monster Raving Loony 288 1.2 N/A

Mike Kane, a former Manchester councillor and the acting chief executive of Movement for Change, was confirmed as the Labour Party candidate, on 24 January.[10] In a selection process described as "quick-fire",[11] London interviews on 22 January[12] produced a short list of five local councillors and ex-councillors: Rosa Battle and Suzannah Reeves of Manchester City Council, Catherine Hynes and Sophie Taylor of Trafford Borough, and Mike Kane.[13]

The Wythenshawe branch of the Conservative Party chose Daniel Critchlow, a Trafford-based vicar, on 23 January 2014.[14]

The Liberal Democrats chose a Manchester City councillor, Mary di Mauro, on 26 January 2014.[15]

On 24 January 2014, the British National Party announced Eddy O'Sullivan as its candidate.[16] O'Sullivan had been a candidate in Salford local elections[17] and stood for the BNP at the 2012 Manchester Central by-election, where his party's share of the vote was reduced.[18]

The UK Independence Party selected John Bickley, 60, a former Labour supporter[19] who grew up in Wythenshawe.[20] Bickley, who runs a mobile app firm, told The Guardian that he felt Parliament needed to "take responsibility" having "outsourced running of the country to the EU". Bickley added that he felt "Labour had let down the working class" and that Labour's behaviour would mean his former trade unionist father would be "turning in his grave".[21]

The Green Party selected Nigel Woodcock, a further education lecturer at The Manchester College.[22]

The Official Monster Raving Loony Party put forward Captain Chaplington-Smythe as its candidate on 25 January 2014.[23]

Polling[edit]

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation/client Sample size Labour UKIP Cons Lib Dem Others Lead
13 Feb 2014 Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election, 2014 Result 23,961 55% 18% 15% 5% 7% 37% (over UKIP)
3–5 Feb 2014 Lord Ashcroft 1,009 61% 15% 14% 5% 4% 46% (over UKIP)
6 May 2010 2010 Results (Wythenshawe and Sale East only) 40,751 44% 3% 26% 22% 5% 18% (over Con)

Previous result[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
General election 2010[24]
Turnout: 40,751 (54.3%) +3.1
Labour hold
Majority: 7,575 (18.6%)
Swing: 5.9% from Lab to Con
Paul Goggins Labour 17,987 44.1 -8.0
Janet Clowes Conservative 10,412 25.6 +3.3
Martin Eakins Liberal Democrat 9,107 22.3 +0.9
Bernard Todd BNP 1,572 3.9 N/A
Christopher Cassidy UKIP 1,405 3.4 +0.4
Lynn Worthington TUSC 268 0.7 -0.31

1This is compared to Worthington's performance as the Socialist Alternative candidate at the prior election.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election date announced". bbc.co.uk. BBC News Online. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Labour MP Paul Goggins dies". BBC News Online. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election: Labour wins". bbc.co.uk. BBC News Online. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Press Association (31 December 2013). "Labour MP Paul Goggins in hospital after collapse". The Guardian. p. 8. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Linton, Deborah (8 January 2014). "Labour MP Paul Goggins, 60, dies in hospital". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election date announced". manchester.gov.uk. Manchester City Council. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Manchester City Council: Statement of Persons Nominated
  8. ^ "Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election: Labour wins", BBC News, 14 February 2014
  9. ^ "Replay: Labour win Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election". Manchester Evening News. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mike Kane selected as Labour's candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East". Manchester Gazette. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Mark Ferguson (18 January 2014). "Labour launches quick-fire selection process for Wythenshawe and Sale East". LabourList. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Parliamentary By-Election: Wythenshawe and Sale East". labour.org.uk. Labour Party. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Jennifer Williams (22 January 2014). "Labour announce prospective candidates for Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Press Release (23 January 2014). "Conservatives: Daniel Critchlow selected as Conservative candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East". PoliticsHome. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election: Lib Dems choose candidate". BBC News Online. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  16. ^ British National Party (24 January 2014). "Kick 'em in the ballots". Facebook. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "By-election results: 19 March 2009". salford.gov.uk. Salford City Council. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Labour's Lucy Powell wins Manchester Central election". BBC News Online. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Owen Bennett (22 January 2014). "Ukip pick former Labour supporter as candidate in constituency of late Paul Goggins". Daily Express. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  20. ^ Lucy Fisher (22 January 2014). "UKIP picks former Labour supporter to fight by-election". The Times. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  21. ^ Leila Haddou (23 January 2014). "Ukip byelection candidate refuses to criticise 'gay marriage flood' councillor". theguardian.com. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Trafford Teacher Nigel Woodcock Selected as Green Party Candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election". manchestergreenparty.org.uk. Manchester Green Party. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "All hail Captain Chaplington-Smythe". loonyparty.com. Official Monster Raving Loony Party. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Wythenshawe & Sale East". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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