Stoke-on-Trent By-election: Membership Vote

By Iona Gaskell | 10 February 2017

In two weeks there is a by-election in Stoke-on-Trent Central. The is an exceptional election: the UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall, is standing and is throwing everything at it. The latest polls show he has a very strong chance of winning. 

After careful analysis, the More United team believes that we should support Gareth Snell, the Labour candidate. And yesterday (Friday) our members were asked to vote on whether we should do so. The final decision to support any candidate will always be made by our members.

Gareth’s record shows he agrees with our values. He supported Remain in the Europe Referendum and is basing his campaign on better housing, jobs and boosting the local economy.  He is working to stop the closure of local children’s centres and to safeguard the NHS.

Stoke-on-Trent Central has been a Labour seat since 1950, and so Gareth has a very strong chance of winning. At the last election, UKIP came second, just 5,000 votes behind, the Conservatives third and the Lib Dems and Greens fifth and sixth.

Gareth is therefore the only candidate standing who both agrees with our values and has a clear chance of winning. That is why we are asking members whether we should go ahead and support him. 

But he needs all the help he can get to make that happen. All the evidence points to this election being a bitterly close fight between Gareth and UKIP, meaning that this is a situation where More United’s resources can have a big impact. We believe this is the right moment for us to mobilise and make a difference. 

However, this movement belongs to our members - and so does this decision. Every one of our members gets a say in making it. If a majority vote to support Gareth Snell, we will. If a majority vote against, we won’t. 

Voting closes on Sunday 12 February at 9pm. If you want to have a say in this decision, join the movement before then and help us keep fighting for a better Britain.

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