Mann talks at the count and acknowledges the fantasic support the APP received
and reiterates for the benefit of Evan Harris and others like him that these
tactics will of course be used again in the future
Liberal Democrat Evan Harris this morning lost his seat in Oxford West and
Abingdon to Conservative Nicola Blackwood. The result was declared just
after 4am and Dr Harris ended up the wrong side of a 176-vote result. A
recount had to be held as initially only a few hundred votes separated Dr
Harris from his Tory rival Miss Blackwood, 30. Dr Harris had still not appeared
at the count at the Vale of White Horse Tennis and Leisure Centre in Abingdon.
Voters had queued up at polling stations in Oxford and Abingdon from the
morning. Neil Fawcett, Dr Harris’s election agent, said: “People
in places like Jericho and North Oxford were queuing from 11am. That is
new. It usually only happens later in the day when people have come home
is clear students are voting in large numbers. But it is difficult to judge
whether this big turnout in Oxford West and Abingdon could be put down to
students going to vote or whether it could be Conservatives who want to
get rid of Gordon Brown.”
election battle in Oxford West and Abingdon provoked the most bitter and
personal attacks, which fuelled claims of slurs and dirty tricks. The campaign
saw Dr Evan Harris come in for a series of personal attacks because of his
views on abortion and euthanasia. He was the subject of an angry leaflet
campaign branding him “Dr Death”.
Dr Harris responded by saying: “I am proud of my record speaking out
on medical ethical issues.” He also came under attack from animal
activists, with Keith Mann standing against Dr Harris for the Animal Protection
Mann, who spent seven years in prison for arson attacks on slaughterhouse
lorries in the early nineties, said at today’s count, held at the
Vale of White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, that taking votes from Dr
Harris had been his main intention. He said:
wanted to challenge because of his support for animal testing in Oxford,
but also because of his desire to extend the abortion time limit.”
outcome of Oxford West and Abingdon was made even harder to call by the
Boundary Commission decision to switch Carfax and Holywell to East Oxford.
The wards are home to 8,000 students, including those in many Oxford University
colleges. The inclusion of villages such as Yarnton and Begbroke in the
constituency for the first time added to uncertainty about the outcome,
while boosting hopes for the Conservative candidate Miss Blackwood.
before the result, Ms Blackwood said: “The turnout has been tremendous.
People have listened and paid attention to the arguments.
happens it shows that people in Oxford West and Abingdon have not abandoned
politics, after the scandals. That had seemed to be the case last year.
“But the election has brought people back into politics to debate
the issues.” Ms Blackwood, who moved to Oxford when she was two months
old, said being a local woman had boosted her campaign. She said: “I
think people have more confidence if you live in the same area.
have had tremendous support from Oxfordshire with people coming in to help
from Gloucestershire and Aylesbury.” She said that she will continue
to press for electoral reform.
blames leaflet smears 10/5/10 read
app election victory 8/5/10 read
a terrible night for science – the times 7/5/10 read
harris outed – bbc news 7/5/10 read
keith talks to bbc oxford 30/4/10 read
dr death label for local mp 29/4/10 read
app hounding hoey 29/4/10 read
dr death cover up exposed 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part four 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part three 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part two 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part one 29/4/10 read
app world day election speech 28/4/10 watch
app campaign inspires 26/4/10 read
oxford mp running scared 26/4/10 read
the app v the vivisectors 24/4/10 read
sarah coats, the animal protection party read
the app v hls – kick them in the djangoly’s read
the app v wickham animal labs in the election read
keith mann v dr death + the oxford animal lab in the general election 11/4/10
the animal protection party hunt hunt hag 28/3/10 read
the animal protection party 3/3/10 read
animal protection party – general election 14/2/10 read
to The Animal Protection Party Campaign in Oxford West & Abingdon