Dream result for Hyndburn Labour candidate

OVERWHELMED: Graham Jones beams at his victory

DEFEATED: Karen Buckley

First published in East Lancashire general election news Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy news editor

OVERJOYED Graham Jones reflected on his election triumph and said: “Last week I was clocking on as a factory worker and I will soon be heading to Westminster. It’s a dream.”

Mr Jones pledged to dedicate himself to fighting for local Hyndburn issues on the national stage.

The Labour candidate won a majority of more than 3,000 votes, bucking the national trend of his party.

The 44-year-old printer, who succeeds Greg Pope as MP after the Labour stalwart stepped down following four terms as Hyndburn MP, said his election would not change him.

He said the campaign had left him ‘shattered’ but he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.

Mr Jones said he would to build on the ‘great work’ carried out in the area by his two predecessors, Mr Pope and Tory Ken Hargreaves.

He beat Conservative candidate Karen Buckley into second place, but saw the Labour majority drop by around 2,600.

The result was due to be declared in Mr Jones’s favour at 3am but a recount delaying the verdict by more than an hour. The discrepancy came after a ballot box was counted in to the hall twice by mistake.

Dad-of-two Mr Jones, who celebrated his victory with partner Kimberley Whitehead and 11-month-old daughter Alana, at the count in Hyndburn Sports Centre, said: “It will be an honour and a privilege to serve as Hyndburn’s MP.”

Mr Jones is now expected to step down from his position as Labour group leader on Hyndburn Council and also from his role as a county councillor in the wake of his triumph last night.

He said he planned to concentrate on his new role as MP.

A dejected Mrs Buckley was only named as Conservative candidate six weeks ago and the West Lancashire woman was controversially selected ahead of local candidates.

A clearly disappointed Mrs Buckley refused to speak after the result was announced and walked out of the sports hall.

Speaking yesterday, Mrs Buckley said: “Many congratulations to Graham Jones for his win and I wish him well.

“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the 14,441 residents for voting for me and the Conservative Party at the General Election.

“Being the Conservative Party candidate for Hyndburn and Haslingden was indeed an honour and privilege for me and I am grateful for your vote.”

In third place the Lib Dems saw their vote drop by 500 from 2005 and the BNP saw a fall in their vote by 300 to finish fourth.

Mr Jones said: “I feel exhausted. I have campaigned for six months, through the snow, cold weather and rain. It is a big victory, against the backdrop of a poor night for the Labour party.

“For me this election was not about national politics and for the people of this borough to support me and put their faith in me is overwhelming.

“I can’t thank the people of Hyndburn enough and I intend to repay them and work hard to be the best MP that I can.

“I know that the hard work starts now and I am looking forward to it.”

The Rev Kevin Logan, standing for the Christian People’s Alliance, said: “I feel that my job was done.

“I showed that God is relevant in modern society. I am delighted that nearly 800 people agreed with me but I would have liked a lot more to have done!

“Overall it was not a bad result for the borough.”

Analysis

FEELINGS run high between the two main parties in Hyndburn.

Traditionally Lib Dems hardly get a look in and this time they struggled to get above 10 per cent of the vote.

With a Tory council and Greg Pope stepping down as MP Labour could easily have been swept aside by a countrywide tide.

But council Labour group leader Graham Jones bucked the national trend albeit with a majority down by 2,600 on what his predecessor achieved in 2005.

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6:30am Fri 7 May 10

workaholic says...

Hooray !!! Well Done Graham and all at Hyndburn Labour Party!
Hooray !!! Well Done Graham and all at Hyndburn Labour Party! workaholic
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9:31am Fri 7 May 10

ossylad says...

Wasnt sure which way to vote until I realised how genuine Graham Jones appeared after meeting him. The Conservative candidate showed her real interest in Hyndburn by" not commenting and storming out of the building "probably never to be seen in our area again,we should always have local candidates
Wasnt sure which way to vote until I realised how genuine Graham Jones appeared after meeting him. The Conservative candidate showed her real interest in Hyndburn by" not commenting and storming out of the building "probably never to be seen in our area again,we should always have local candidates ossylad
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10:17am Fri 7 May 10

Ex-Darrener says...

Just to avoid any confusion, Karen Buckley lives on the Fylde Coast, which is the west of the county with a lower case 'w'. 'West Lancashire' is the name of the local authority in the Ormskirk area.
Just to avoid any confusion, Karen Buckley lives on the Fylde Coast, which is the west of the county with a lower case 'w'. 'West Lancashire' is the name of the local authority in the Ormskirk area. Ex-Darrener
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12:09pm Fri 7 May 10

pip-pip says...

ossylad wrote:
Wasnt sure which way to vote until I realised how genuine Graham Jones appeared after meeting him. The Conservative candidate showed her real interest in Hyndburn by" not commenting and storming out of the building "probably never to be seen in our area again,we should always have local candidates
Local like Britcliffe I suppose? To lose an election is one thing - to be stuffed before you begin by the local party is disgraceful. No wonder she stormed out of the hall. With luck Britcliffe and pals will get their comeuppance this afternoon when HBC votes are counted.
Perhaps when Dave - with the help of that nice Mr Clegg -has sorted the country out, he will come hunting for the traitorous running dogs of Hyndburn Conservative party.(to use a little of Labour lingo)
[quote][p][bold]ossylad[/bold] wrote: Wasnt sure which way to vote until I realised how genuine Graham Jones appeared after meeting him. The Conservative candidate showed her real interest in Hyndburn by" not commenting and storming out of the building "probably never to be seen in our area again,we should always have local candidates[/p][/quote]Local like Britcliffe I suppose? To lose an election is one thing - to be stuffed before you begin by the local party is disgraceful. No wonder she stormed out of the hall. With luck Britcliffe and pals will get their comeuppance this afternoon when HBC votes are counted. Perhaps when Dave - with the help of that nice Mr Clegg -has sorted the country out, he will come hunting for the traitorous running dogs of Hyndburn Conservative party.(to use a little of Labour lingo) pip-pip
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12:28pm Fri 7 May 10

superheavy says...

good local lad, if you take a good look at the results the vast majority of the north of england and all of scotland voted labour its as if the country is divided
good local lad, if you take a good look at the results the vast majority of the north of england and all of scotland voted labour its as if the country is divided superheavy
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1:03pm Fri 7 May 10

Lifeinthemix says...

the proof is in the pudding...
.
I have quite a lot for Mr Jones to look at, we will know who is soon
the proof is in the pudding... . I have quite a lot for Mr Jones to look at, we will know who is soon Lifeinthemix
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1:07pm Fri 7 May 10

maxthecollie says...

Congratulations Grahame
Congratulations Grahame maxthecollie
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1:30pm Fri 7 May 10

Gaius Grossus says...

Let's be honest, the tories lost Hyndburn by the failure to select a candidate in good time. Ms Buckley could have won had she been selected as soon as Greg Pope indicated he was going. As it was the stand-off between central office and the local party has cost them this seat. But I don't think PB would have won it either. Too many band wagons in his car park.
Let's be honest, the tories lost Hyndburn by the failure to select a candidate in good time. Ms Buckley could have won had she been selected as soon as Greg Pope indicated he was going. As it was the stand-off between central office and the local party has cost them this seat. But I don't think PB would have won it either. Too many band wagons in his car park. Gaius Grossus
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1:45pm Fri 7 May 10

Mike Costa says...

Mike Costa says:

So the Tory lady stormed off for a sulk did she? Good riddance. No doubt she wont be back in the area in a hurry.
Mike Costa says: So the Tory lady stormed off for a sulk did she? Good riddance. No doubt she wont be back in the area in a hurry. Mike Costa
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3:46pm Fri 7 May 10

chrislancs says...

Congratulations to Graham Jones, I have no doubt he will serve all the people of the area very well.
I would thank him for his clean campaign, he was the only candidate who made any attempt to debate or answer questions.
Again Well done Graham.
Chris Reid.
Congratulations to Graham Jones, I have no doubt he will serve all the people of the area very well. I would thank him for his clean campaign, he was the only candidate who made any attempt to debate or answer questions. Again Well done Graham. Chris Reid. chrislancs
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5:02pm Fri 7 May 10

barryinthailand says...

So god only got 800 votes and thats not a bad result for the guy.

As for this printer who is head of this and head of that and is now on a gravy train " He is shattered not enthused by it all"

I bet its a dream to him but dont think for one second he actually means what he says. I only ever met one honest politician and he told me he lied every time it suited him.
So god only got 800 votes and thats not a bad result for the guy. As for this printer who is head of this and head of that and is now on a gravy train " He is shattered not enthused by it all" I bet its a dream to him but dont think for one second he actually means what he says. I only ever met one honest politician and he told me he lied every time it suited him. barryinthailand
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5:05pm Fri 7 May 10

barryinthailand says...

BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week?
BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week? barryinthailand
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5:05pm Fri 7 May 10

barryinthailand says...

BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week?
BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week? barryinthailand
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5:50pm Fri 7 May 10

pip-pip says...

chrislancs wrote:
Congratulations to Graham Jones, I have no doubt he will serve all the people of the area very well.
I would thank him for his clean campaign, he was the only candidate who made any attempt to debate or answer questions.
Again Well done Graham.
Chris Reid.
ditto
[quote][p][bold]chrislancs[/bold] wrote: Congratulations to Graham Jones, I have no doubt he will serve all the people of the area very well. I would thank him for his clean campaign, he was the only candidate who made any attempt to debate or answer questions. Again Well done Graham. Chris Reid.[/p][/quote]ditto pip-pip
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9:08pm Fri 7 May 10

mattyandy says...

barryinthailand wrote:
BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week?
Well Barry, if you indeed reside in Thailand, I can tell you that Mr Jones did indeed come into work last week, and has done so for a long time whilst serving as a councillor and has been a key worker who shows dedication to his job. I can assure you his commitment to this area is 100% and I congratulate him on his sucessful appointment. Well done Graham, what we have lost is Hyndburn's gain!
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: BY the way do you work with this guy and did he really clock on last week?[/p][/quote]Well Barry, if you indeed reside in Thailand, I can tell you that Mr Jones did indeed come into work last week, and has done so for a long time whilst serving as a councillor and has been a key worker who shows dedication to his job. I can assure you his commitment to this area is 100% and I congratulate him on his sucessful appointment. Well done Graham, what we have lost is Hyndburn's gain! mattyandy
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7:47pm Sat 8 May 10

pip-pip says...

Lifeinthemix wrote:
the proof is in the pudding...
.
I have quite a lot for Mr Jones to look at, we will know who is soon
One of the downsides of Grahams new job, and for which I have some sympathy, will be dealing with the rantings of lifeinthemix
[quote][p][bold]Lifeinthemix[/bold] wrote: the proof is in the pudding... . I have quite a lot for Mr Jones to look at, we will know who is soon[/p][/quote]One of the downsides of Grahams new job, and for which I have some sympathy, will be dealing with the rantings of lifeinthemix pip-pip
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