As the Middlesbrough by-election starts to get more interesting I decided to look at how the town has performed over my adult life.
I've posted the observations into my blog.
The post is called: Has 30 Years Of Labour Helped Middlesbrough
In the 30 years since I left school at 15, Middlesbrough has struggled. Those years have seen Labour MPs in both constituencies, a Labour Council, a Labour government (for 40% of the time) and a Labour leaning Elected Mayor.
I must stress that I am not anti-Labour. In fact I used to be a party member.
Interesting excerpt from Wikipedia about Ellen Wilkinson, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough East from 1924 to 1931 (and also Jarrow from 1935 to 1947):
'In the 1924 general election, Wilkinson was elected to represent the depressed northeastern iron- and steel-making constituency of Middlesbrough East. In the House of Commons she was given the nickname of "Red Ellen", both for her hair colour and her left-wing politics. A 'class warrior', she had a reputation for being tough and charismatic. She hung a portrait of Lenin over her bed, saying, "I look at it and get cracking."'
Someone called harmonicaman has posted this comment on PB:
"Middlesbroughs Labour councillors have been openly canvassing and supporting Mallon in each of his Mayoral elections, against the Labour candidate and against Labour Party rules, even though one Labour member was expelled from the party for signing the election papers of an independent candidate last time around, the appeal against the expulsion - citing the brazen support given to Mallon was rejected - the party heirarchy are aware of the situation and allow it to continue."
"When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,"
Amina Ali - "Amina Ali: “When you’re ambitious and you haven’t reached your goal yet, there’s a burning hunger inside you, it drives you insane, it makes you unhappy and depressed unless you’re doing something about it.”"
Amina Ali is Co- founder of Somali Friends Labour, founder of Muslim Women for Labour, Vice Chair of Tower Hamlets CLP. Mahroof Hussain is a Cllr in Rotherham Emma France....I don't know who she is Doktorb founds her Ed Malcolm is a Cllr in South Tyneside Joe Docherty is the former chief executive of Teess Valley Regeneration and current chair of Arts Council North East Andy McDonald is the chair of the party Local Government Committee, previously shortlisted for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in 2010. IIRC he has also been a Cllr in Middlesbrough in the past.
I suppose that McDonald and Docherty will be the top 2. On some Middlesbrough forums McDonald is "accused" (I guess by former party members...or maybe member. Online you can't never know if it's the same obsessed person or more than 1) to be "close" to Mallon.