Is Corbyn’s Labour already cutting the mustard with local voters?

David Hencke

Tommy Gray- Labour's biggest  by-election winner in Chorley with a 12.7 per cent wing Tommy Gray- Labour’s biggest by-election winner in Chorley with a 12.7 per cent wing

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One interest I found I share with Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage is that both us every week check the Twitterfeed of @britainelects – which provides details of every local council by-election in Britain.

Our exchange at the book launch of Lord Ashcroft’s Call Me Dave unauthorised biography revealed that both of us have a healthy scepticism of opinion polls but a mutual interest in seeing how real voters are turning out to vote in by elections across the country.

Corbyn’s mauling in the mainstream media coupled with distrust among the Parliamentary party one might expect no one in their right mind to vote Labour and for evidence in advance of the Oldham Parliamentary by-election that he is already in trouble.

In fact the reverse is true which might explain why the same…

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Palestinian girl shot near Bitar Elit settlement, West Bethlehem | PNN

Israeli media claimed that the girl named Helwa Elayyan (22)  attempted to stab  a policeman and was immediately shot and left to bleed on the ground, surrounded by armed settlers and soldiers.

Source: Palestinian girl shot near Bitar Elit settlement, West Bethlehem | PNN

Video: Israeli soldiers fire at car, killing elderly woman | The Electronic Intifada

The Israeli soldiers broke into the station and took its fire extinguishers in order to put out a fire that had been lit outside, the eyewitness said.He said that the soldiers then went outside and at that moment al-Sharawi’s car approached towards the gas station from the direction of the Ras al-Jora area in what he called a normal manner.The Israeli soldiers opened fire on it with volleys of bullets.The eyewitness said al-Sharawi was likely trying to escape towards the gas station from the large amount of tear gas in the Ras al-Jora neighborhood when the soldiers riddled her car with bullets.Occupation forces then barred medics from reaching her, he said.More than half of the Palestinians killed since violence escalated at the start of October were killed during alleged, suspected and actual attacks that have killed 11 Israelis.

Source: Video: Israeli soldiers fire at car, killing elderly woman | The Electronic Intifada

Universal flu vaccine could end need for annual injections – Telegraph

Olga Pleguezuelos, the lead immunologist at Seek, told the Sunday Times: “We are confident this will protect people from any new strain of flu and we are hoping it will be fast-tracked through the regulatory process.”The vaccine is made using chemistry, not cells, [so] it can be cheaply produced and stored indefinitely at room temperature. The hope is that it will confer many years of immunity from flu.”

Source: Universal flu vaccine could end need for annual injections – Telegraph

Baltimore hotels and restaurants to feed 1,000 veterans

veterans-day-flags-shutter*100xx455-455-Veterans Day won’t be just another day off this year.

Fourteen city hotels and restaurants want to make sure the city’s veterans know they’re appreciated. B’More Moving Forward, a group formed after the April riots to restore “positive commentary” about the city, is hosting dinner with the hotels and restaurants for 1,000 veterans.

“The dinner is just a small way for us to show our appreciation and gratitude to those who’ve protected and served our country,” said Judi DiGioia, coordinator of…

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Ukip gears up to make Oldham byelection an early test for Jeremy Corbyn | Politics | The Guardian

From Oldham Blue Coat school, you can just about make out, across the south Pennines, the cotton mills that once made the town wealthy. In Jason Casey’s A-level class there is a range of emerging political views. Some of the class are already old enough to vote. They are universally hostile towards Ukip. To one or two, the Tories seem the natural rulers. James Tierney is a Conservative supporter because “they can control the economy better” but he does not want to cast a “wasted vote”, so will probably vote Labour. Most are, however, eager to hear more from Corbyn, though Anna Worthington fears that her mother’s job in business would be at risk if he were to become prime minister, and Iwan Phillips, a Labour member who supported Andy Burnham, is conscious that “there are some people who will never, ever vote for Corbyn”. Nuala Scott is unswayed by their concerns: “He’s going to bring in more voters that are disillusioned, because Labour actually stand for something now.”

Source: Ukip gears up to make Oldham byelection an early test for Jeremy Corbyn | Politics | The Guardian