Former Stewards Academy teacher wins historic Mid-Bedfordshire by-election for Labour

Politics / Fri 20th Oct 2023 at 07:10am

LABOUR have won the Mid Bedfordshire by election, overturning a huge majority and delivering a significant blow to Rishi Sunak’s hopes of holding on to power at the next general election – expected to be in 2024.

Former Stewards Academy teacher Alistair Strathern takes the parliamentary seat vacated by the former culture secretary Nadine Dorries, beating the candidate hoping to hold it for the Conservatives, Festus Akinbusoye.

Strathern overturned a majority of 24,664 – believed to be the greatest such result at a byelection since at least 1945.

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9 Comments for Former Stewards Academy teacher wins historic Mid-Bedfordshire by-election for Labour:

2023-10-20 08:17:31

Well as Rob H likes education so much I am sure he can do the reverse and train as a teacher next year when he get booted from his seat for not being conservative.

Tracy George
2023-10-20 11:06:43

Time will tell Adam, time will tell. Just because you wish for this, doesn't make it so. People are sick to death with the Tories and so they should be. Absolute s* show these last 6-7 years.

2023-10-20 15:34:59

Tracy indeed but I do not want labour either, I want a party which slashes taxes, reduces public sector employees, by at least 50%, abolishes the disaster which is the NHS (reform along European lines) stops net zero and green agenda. In short I want government to leave me alone and stop interfering in my life, and politicians who believe in the UK and not manage decline. Sadly I doubt it though as far to many people make a good living off the taxes of others and enjoy large government.

2023-10-20 17:04:08

Well said Adam, I am sure there are a lot more of us out there that think along those lines.

Tracy George
2023-10-21 06:40:54

Adam, wanting less tax does not equal a country that can provide for it's inhabitants. I'd settle for a gov who spent our hard earned properly, were realistic, reinvesting into this country instead of their mates, stopped it's rapid demise, fixed the NHS and stopped lying to us all or taking us for fools. I cannot wait for this party to be out of power and see what comes next. It seriously cannot be as bad as it is now.

2023-10-21 08:09:19

Tracy it is not the governments job to provide for its inhabitants, it is the governments job to provide a basic system of laws that enables inhabitants to provide for themselves. It has all gone wrong since people see the government as a kind of super parent who will take responsibility for them and their (often poor) life choices. Taxation is theft used by politicians to buy votes, and by people to vote themselves the products of others hard work. The NHS is an absolute joke staffed by the arrogant and mostly lazy it cannot be reformed or fixed only abolished and acknowledged to be the failure it is. Labour will be much worse as they will focus on things a very tiny vocal shout about they will let the politics of envy destroy small businesses and aspiration. While making more and more people dependent on the state.

Tracy George
2023-10-21 14:40:28

Adam, I think your nature is showing itself due to your presumptions. The gov's job is to provide for it's inhabitants, in the way of our roads, our green spaces, our NHS, our schools, colleges, our refuse collections, all the things we need to get on day by day. Sadly you have seemed to think it's just on those parents who have made bad life choices... oh dear. The NHS is full of very hard working staff, the people are understaffed, underfunded, both things caused directly by our gov. Say what you like about Labour, but traditionally Labour have improved the NHS at point of use. The other things you accuse Labour of, do you have a crystal ball? Because the last time I looked, the Tories have been in charge for a long long time and have overseen the destruction of this country. You cannot presume anything yet.

2023-10-21 18:40:44

Tracy if you really want to know how labour would manage the NHS look a Wales, the figures will absolutely astound you, huge waiting lists, ambulance failures, crazy 20mph restrictions Education in a mess, be careful what you wish for

Tracy George
2023-10-23 08:47:47

Pedro, am sorry, you've just described the whole of the UK, with the exception of the 20mph bit!

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