Labour councillor selected to fight York Outer seat at General Election

Joe Riches, pictured outside 10 Downing Street

Joe Riches, pictured outside 10 Downing Street

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A LABOUR councillor has been selected to fight for the York Outer parliamentary seat at next year's General Election.

Cllr Joe Riches, who represents the Holgate ward on City of York Council, will stand down as a councillor to take on sitting Tory MP Julian Sturdy.

He claimed Labour was 'serious' about York Outer, was targeting the seat and was the real challenge to the Conservatives.

"Whilst voting Liberal Democrat gets you a Tory Government anyway, it is clear the choice in York Outer is between a Conservative who fights against jobs and homes and supports the bedroom tax or a Labour MP who stands for jobs, homes and fairness," he said.

York council leader James Alexander, who was Labour's candidate at the last general election, claimed Cllr Riches would make a first class MP. "If I was Julian, I would be very worried," he said.

"Joe has been very popular whilst canvassing in York Outer and it is clear residents are unhappy with the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government favouring the South over the North. Holgate and the council's loss is York Outer's gain."

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3:46pm Mon 5 May 14

joewatt says...

I nearly choked on seeing this - they can't be serious! This news has made my day and it's not 1st April.
I nearly choked on seeing this - they can't be serious! This news has made my day and it's not 1st April. joewatt
  • Score: 22

4:54pm Mon 5 May 14

PKH says...

The Labour Party needed to get a candidate with no connexion to the current Labour Council, a York councillor will stand no chance.
The Labour Party needed to get a candidate with no connexion to the current Labour Council, a York councillor will stand no chance. PKH
  • Score: 19

7:00pm Mon 5 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Last election results:

Conservative Julian Sturdy 22,912 43.0 +6.7
LibDem Madeleine Kirk 19,224 36.1 −0.7
Labour James Alexander 9,108 17.1
−9.9
Turnout 53,300 (9,180 more than in 2005)

York council leader James Alexander:
"If I was Julian, I would be very worried,".

Of who, the LibDems ?.

York Outer is formed from electoral wards from entirely within the city of York.

Support by council representation:
Bishopthorpe (Conservative)
Derwent (Conservative)
Dringhouses and Woodthorpe (Labour/Liberal Democrats)
Fulford (Liberal Democrats)
Haxby and Wigginton (Liberal Democrats/Conservati
ve)
Heslington (Labour)
Heworth Without (Liberal Democrats)
Huntington and New Earswick (Liberal Democrats)
Osbaldwick (Independent)
Rural West York (Conservative)
Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without (Labour/Conservative
)
Strensall (Conservative/Indepe
ndent)
Wheldrake (Conservative)

York Outer, traditionally a safe Conservative seat, although it was briefly taken by Elizabeth Shields for the Liberal Party, following a by-election in 1986 held following the death of MP John Spence.

Best result ever for Labour Paul Blanchard 2005 9,148 20.7% Turnout 44,120

Labour has never done better than 3rd.
Last election results: Conservative Julian Sturdy 22,912 43.0 +6.7 LibDem Madeleine Kirk 19,224 36.1 −0.7 Labour James Alexander 9,108 17.1 −9.9 Turnout 53,300 (9,180 more than in 2005) York council leader James Alexander: "If I was Julian, I would be very worried,". Of who, the LibDems ?. York Outer is formed from electoral wards from entirely within the city of York. Support by council representation: Bishopthorpe (Conservative) Derwent (Conservative) Dringhouses and Woodthorpe (Labour/Liberal Democrats) Fulford (Liberal Democrats) Haxby and Wigginton (Liberal Democrats/Conservati ve) Heslington (Labour) Heworth Without (Liberal Democrats) Huntington and New Earswick (Liberal Democrats) Osbaldwick (Independent) Rural West York (Conservative) Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without (Labour/Conservative ) Strensall (Conservative/Indepe ndent) Wheldrake (Conservative) York Outer, traditionally a safe Conservative seat, although it was briefly taken by Elizabeth Shields for the Liberal Party, following a by-election in 1986 held following the death of MP John Spence. Best result ever for Labour Paul Blanchard 2005 9,148 20.7% Turnout 44,120 Labour has never done better than 3rd. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -87

7:10pm Mon 5 May 14

Osbaldwick Lad says...

Let us hope that he puts in a much better performance than the previous candidate who did very little to win the seat.
Let us hope that he puts in a much better performance than the previous candidate who did very little to win the seat. Osbaldwick Lad
  • Score: -48

8:05pm Mon 5 May 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Ooooh! With Jimmy A. giving such a recommendation, I bet Julian Sturdy is really quaking in his boots.
Ooooh! With Jimmy A. giving such a recommendation, I bet Julian Sturdy is really quaking in his boots. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -59

11:22pm Mon 5 May 14

Jonothon says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
Ooooh! With Jimmy A. giving such a recommendation, I bet Julian Sturdy is really quaking in his boots.
Well maybe he should be worried. If UKIP take 10,000 votes off Sturdy, the Tories would have 13,000 and UKIP 10,000.

So where would the 28,000 Labour and lib dems vote go? If this scenario is close to what happens on May day, a Lib-Dems collapse could easily deliver Labour the 4,000 votes they would need.
13 months from now Julian Sturdy might be selling the Big Issue. Perhaps his best move would be to switch to UKIP now.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: Ooooh! With Jimmy A. giving such a recommendation, I bet Julian Sturdy is really quaking in his boots.[/p][/quote]Well maybe he should be worried. If UKIP take 10,000 votes off Sturdy, the Tories would have 13,000 and UKIP 10,000. So where would the 28,000 Labour and lib dems vote go? If this scenario is close to what happens on May day, a Lib-Dems collapse could easily deliver Labour the 4,000 votes they would need. 13 months from now Julian Sturdy might be selling the Big Issue. Perhaps his best move would be to switch to UKIP now. Jonothon
  • Score: 39

11:59pm Mon 5 May 14

marvell says...

The selection of Joe Riches is a clear sign that Labour know they have no chance of winning this seat.

Of more interest - given the disastrous performance of Cllr Alexander as council leader - will he be leaving a huge mess behind for some other poor s0d to sort out so that he can stand in a safe Labour seat...
The selection of Joe Riches is a clear sign that Labour know they have no chance of winning this seat. Of more interest - given the disastrous performance of Cllr Alexander as council leader - will he be leaving a huge mess behind for some other poor s0d to sort out so that he can stand in a safe Labour seat... marvell
  • Score: -96

12:10am Tue 6 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Lamb to the slaughter?

They've thrown the towel in already, by fielding a total rookie.
Lamb to the slaughter? They've thrown the towel in already, by fielding a total rookie. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -119

12:16am Tue 6 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

"Joe has been very popular whilst canvassing in York Outer and it is clear residents are unhappy with the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government favouring the South over the North. Holgate and the council's loss is York Outer's gain."

This is the hype and propaganda York has seen from Alexander - all hot air and bluster!

After Lendal Bodge, no one believes a word he says..... his credibility is zero!
[quote] "Joe has been very popular whilst canvassing in York Outer and it is clear residents are unhappy with the Conservative Liberal Democrat Government favouring the South over the North. Holgate and the council's loss is York Outer's gain." [/quote] This is the hype and propaganda York has seen from Alexander - all hot air and bluster! After Lendal Bodge, no one believes a word he says..... his credibility is zero! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -72

8:58am Tue 6 May 14

Micklegate says...

The previous candidate York Outer Labour candidate, one James Alexander, was very poor and showed he had no idea of the things that matter to York's residents. Anyone any idea what happened to him?
The previous candidate York Outer Labour candidate, one James Alexander, was very poor and showed he had no idea of the things that matter to York's residents. Anyone any idea what happened to him? Micklegate
  • Score: 9

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