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Simon Danczuk: Heywood and Middleton by-election was a wake up call for Labour

The Labour MP for Rochdale says the party needs to widen its appeal and speak in language that people understand

By Josh Lowe  

Labour's Liz McInnes won the Heywood and Middleton by-election, but only barely. © Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Last night, Ukip won its first MP, the Conservative defector Douglas Carswell, in a by-election in Clacton. And in the Greater Manchester constituency of Heywood and Middleton, its candidate John Bickley came a close second to Labour, achieving a 17.65 per cent swing in the vote. Labour only held the seat by the skin of…

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