Slide To The Right in Peterborough

Peterborough By-Election results

LISA FORBES - LAB: 30.9% (-17.2) 10,484 votes
MIKE GREENE - BREX: 28.9% (+28.9) 9,801 votes
PAUL BRISTOW - CON: 21.4% (-25.5) 7,243 votes
BEKI SELLICK - LDEM: 12.3% (+8.9) 4,159 votes
JOSEPH WELLS - GRN: 3.1% 1,035 votes
JOHN WHITBY - UKIP: 1.2%
NINE OTHERS: 2%

The by-election that took place yesterday was called as a result of the recall petition to remove the then Labour MP Fiona Onasanya. Fiona Onasanya had lied about who was driving a car caught speeding, and was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

You might think that would put a dent in Labour's showing in the by-election, with some people thinking that the lies in Labour ran deep.

If you tot up the votes for the mainstream parties, Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, and the Greens between them gathered 23,000 votes.

But still, the Brexit Party got nearly 10,000 votes. That makes them a mainstream party, even if their flagship policy on Brexit is their only policy.

I wonder how many votes the Brexit Party got by riding on the tailcoats of their own success in the European elections?

And perhaps their share of the vote is not a surprise bearing in mind the strong Leave vote in the Referendum.

In the 2016 referendum on EU membership, 61% of voters in Peterborough voted to leave.

I wonder what Labour voters think of the vacillations of Labour on a People's Vote? If 61% voted Leave in the Referendum, who among them were Labour voters?

Here are the election results from 8 June 2017

FIONA OLUYINKA ONASANYA - LAB 22,950 votes
STEWART JAMES JACKSON - CON 22,343 votes
REBECCA LOUISE SELLICK - LDEM 1,597 votes
FIONA JANE RADIC - GRN 848 votes

Lisa Forbes Anti-Semitism

The claims against her are:

  • That she 'liked' a Facebook post that said Theresa May had a Zionist slave masters agenda.

  • That she commented "I have enjoyed reading this thread so much." to A Facebook post claiming that Mossad and the CIA were responsible for the Isis terrorist group.

  • That she signed a letter calling on Labour to reject the adoption of the International Holocaust Rememberance Alliance definition of anti-semitism.

She has apologised for “not calling out these posts” and promised to challenge anti-semitism in future and to undertake anti-semitism training.

She said: "I’m sorry. I have engaged in social media posts in error and realise it was wrong and have wholeheartedly apologised. I condemn antisemitism and have committed to work with the community to deepen my understanding of antisemitism, to challenge antisemitism wherever it occurs.”

The Jewish Labour Movement called for her to have the whip suspended, and two senior Labour MPs, Dame Louise Ellman and Dame Margaret Hodge, lodged official complaints.

The bottom line - the move to the right is a worry, whichever way you slice it.