Debbie Abrahams
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Labour's Debbie Abrahams holds Oldham East by-election

Labour have won the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election with a majority of more than 3,000.

In a short victory speech, Labour's Debbie Abrahams said her victory was the "first step in a long journey" for her party, and branded coalition policies "reckless".

She added that she would keep her promises.

Labour held off the challenge of the Liberal Democrats, who came in second place while the Conservatives vote fell by more than 7,000 as they came third.

Turnout was 48%, considerably lower than at the 2010 general election.

  • 14 Jan 2011