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Cabbie's eye-view of political journey for Oldham

The political spotlight is shining brightly on Oldham as campaigning hots up for a crucial by-election next month.

The seat of Oldham West & Royton is vacant following the death of the Labour MP Michael Meacher, who'd held it for 45 years.

The leaders of Labour and UKIP were there campaigning today.

The full list of declared candidates for the Oldham West and Royton by-election is:

Labour: Jim McMahon Conservatives: James Daly UK Independence Party: John Bickley The Liberal Democrats: Jane Brophy The Green Party: Simeon Hart



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By-election date confirmed for late MP Meacher's seat

The by-election for late Labour veteran Michael Meacher's constituency of Oldham West and Royton will take place on Thursday December 3.

The former minister Michael Meacher died on October 21 following a short illness. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

Meacher, who died last month, represented Oldham in the Commons for 45 years and retained his seat in May's general election with 54.8% of the vote.

Ukip finished a distant second in the constituency, polling 20.6%, narrowly ahead of the Conservatives on 19%.

Corbyn to reach out to Labour's North West heartland

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sings 'The Red Flag'. Credit: Press Association.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will give a key speech to North West party members today.

More than 800 delegates, including a raft of the party's most influential politicians will hear him speak at the regional conference.

Among those in the audience will be local MPs - many of who supported Andy Burnham, the Leigh MP, in the recent leadership campaign.

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