Town MP waits on by-election result

A BY-ELECTION campaign that has been led by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright will be held today.

Mr Wright was asked by Labour leader Ed Miliband to be campaign manager in the by-election for the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat in the House of Commons.

Former Labour Government minister and MP for the seat, Phil Woolas, was stripped of his 2010 General Election win when three High Court judges declared the result as void last month.

They found comments made by Mr Woolas in election campaign statements amounted to attacks against Liberal Democrat rival Elwyn Watkins's "personal character or conduct", in breach of the Representation of the People Act.

A by-election will be held today and will be hotly contested after the General Election result showed only a 103 majority for Mr Woolas.

Mr Wright is hoping to use his experience of winning a by-election himself in Hartlepool in 2004 to help Labour candidate for the Greater Manchester seat, Debbie Abrahams.

After being asked to lead the by-election campaign, Mr Wright told the Mail: "It's an important by-election, and it is a privilege that the leader of the Labour Party has asked me to take this on."

Mr Wright won the 2004 by-election to take the Hartlepool seat with a 2,033 majority after the sitting Labour MP for the town, Peter Mandelson, stepped down to become a European Commissioner.