Although on one side of the equation, having an election campaign that starts in the festive season isn't exactly a brilliant piece of timing, leaving the constituency without an MP for more than a month or two isn't a good idea either. I think the timing is wrong, though understandable, and would (if it had been my own area) to have waited just a couple of weeks before moving the writ that starts the process and determines the by-election timetable.
The three main-party candidates have been chosen by their parties,
- Labour - Debbie Abrahams
- LibDem - Elwyn Watkins
- Tory - Kashif Ali
It promises to be an interesting by-election, not only because of its historic significance (i.e. what caused it) but also because of this crucial time in British national politics. I intend to keep an eye on what goes on there.