Oldham by-election

I went over to Oldham yesterday to support one of our Bury North Councillors James Daly as the Conservative Candidate in the by-election to be held on 3rd December. James would make an excellent Member of Parliament. He contested Bolton North East at the general election.
I was canvassing rather than delivering leaflets so I was able to chat to the local residents. There was understandably a lot of sadness that their Member of Parliament had di so suddenly. Even voters who did not vote Labour spoke highly of him. Michael Meacher had represented the Oldham constituency in its various guises for 45 years. I remember studying articles he had written when I was studying politics in the Sixth Form and so it was rather a strange when I was sitting opposite him in the House of Commons. He was a principled politician who always stood up for what he believed in.
One other comment about my visit over to Oldham – it was cold, very cold.