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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Sedgefield By-election

Tomorrow is also the Sedgefield By-election. Tony Blair's exit from the House of Commons must be the fastest in history. He didn't even sit on the back benches for a second. Somehow it seems odd that he's gone. Brown is definitely not the same, but we all knew that. Those books on the dispatch box were there at PMQ's. I would dearly love to see what would happen if they were not there, or some devil pinched them just before noon!

Sedgefield is a party-switching place. The UKIP candidate, Toby Horton, stood against Blair in 1983, when Blair was anti-EU and Horton was kind of pro. The BNP candidate, Andrew Spence used to be UKIP. Plus there has been a bit of a squabble between the main parties, and the BNP is claiming press censorship by the Northern Echo.

The result may see New Labour's shine in Sedgefield finally wiped away. There are quite a few candidates that could take a chunk out of Blair's votes. After all, Reg Keys helped a bit!

Stephen Gash, English Democrats - "Putting England First"
Paul Gittins, Independent
Tim Grainger,
Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
Chris Haine, Green Party
Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope, The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Toby Horton, UK Independence Party
Graham Robb, Conservative Party
Norman Scarth, Anti-Crime Party
Andrew Spence, British National Party
Greg Stone, Liberal Democrat
Phil Wilson, Labour Party


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