>Phil Woolas’ found guilty, election declared void


Phil Woolas’ election in Oldham East and Saddleworth has been declared void by a Special Election Court. This means that, pending a possible appeal, there will be a by-election for the seat that he narrowly held from Lib Dem candidate Elwyn Watkins.

The case centres around sound rather nasty campaign literature that Mr Woolas and his team spread about the constituency:

Woolas had recently been brought back to the front bench by new Labour leader Ed Miliband. This looks an even more staggeringly poor piece of judgement given todays events. As of now though, Woolas is no longer an MP. Good riddance VN says.

UPDATE: Phil Woolas has applied for a judicial review into the ruling.

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