Debate on the Address — [1st Day]

Part of Outlawries Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 18th November 2009.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham 5:00 pm, 18th November 2009

I accept the thrust of the right hon. Gentleman's argument, but can he therefore explain the following result in a by-election for a council seat a couple of weeks ago, when real British citizens were voting? The by-election took place in south Yorkshire and 2,500 people voted. The result was as follows: 1,500 for Labour, 600 for the British National party, 300 for the Barnsley Independent Group, 92 for the UK Independence party and 88 for the Conservative party. Surely the Conservatives should be doing a little better at this stage than winning the support of merely 88 out of 2,500 British citizens who cast their vote.

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