What was he thinking?

There’s no question that the contest in Oldham East and Saddleworth was one of the toughest (and roughest) of the 2010 election. Indeed, a special election court will sit in Oldham on 13 September to adjudicate over Phil Woolas’ victory, which has been legally challenged by his Lib Dem opponent, who alleges the Labour campaign materials “contained numerous misleading and erroneous claims regarding my personal character and reputation”.

The controversy surrounding another aspect of the contest was re-ignited yesterday with the publication on the (excellent) The Straight Choice website of the following leaflet, delivered on the day of polling. Although the race aspect of Labour’s campaign in East Oldham has already attracted national comment this is the first time that this A6 card has been distributed online:

Having been an MP for the area at the time, it surely cannot have escaped Woolas’ notice that there were race riots in Oldham nine years ago. Violence errupted in May 2001 after a gang of white men threw a brick through the window of an Asian household in the Glodwick area of Woolas’ constituency. Days later that the home of his Labour colleague, the Asian Deputy Mayor of Oldham, was fire bombed.

Perhaps Woolas should have a rummage around his constituency office for a copy of the Ritchie Report into the disturbances. He’d do well to look at point 3.17 on page 10:

The BNP has exacerbated problems and undoubtedly by distribution of crude leaflets and other activity done much to stir up tensions. The mainstream political parties have a big role to play in countering this threat, as do churches and other organisations – Ritchie Report

One wonders whether Daily Express editor Peter Hill had been retained as a consultant to the campaign? Suffice it to say that this has gone down with Labour activists and others like a pint of cold sick.

What a disgrace.

Hat-tip: Tom Miller, who blogs at Left Of The Line.

13 Comments

  1. RT @psbook New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  2. RT @psbook New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw –> hear hear!

  3. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  4. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  5. RT @psbook New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  6. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  7. Phill Woolas and Labour supporters should be absolutely ashamed of this http://is.gd/efZAw

  8. adimascio says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  9. If a Lib Dem had behaved like Phil Woolas http://is.gd/efZAw I'd demand the party whip be withdrawn. Yet he remains on Labour's frontbench.

  10. Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  11. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  12. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  13. Oldham East and Saddleworth deserve better than Phil Woolas http://is.gd/efZAw. Never mind the courts, he should apologise and resign.

  14. RT @DuncanStott: Oldham East and Saddleworth deserve better than Phil Woolas http://is.gd/efZAw. Never mind the courts, he should apolog …

  15. bat020 says:

    this election leaflet from Phil Woolas MP is astonishingly vile even by his standards: http://is.gd/efZAw (via @psbook)

  16. RT @sunny_hundal Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  17. Gary Dunion says:

    Phil Woolas. Just… Phil Woolas. :( http://is.gd/efZAw

  18. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  19. RT @DuncanStott: Oldham East and Saddleworth deserve better than Phil Woolas http://is.gd/efZAw. Never mind the courts, he should apolog …

  20. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  21. Labour tweeps – are you proud? RT @politicshomeuk: Controversial Phil Woolas election leaflet posted online http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  22. agreed, shocking RT @wrightben: This Phil Woolas election leaflet is genuinely unbelievable… http://bit.ly/ci2gOh

  23. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  24. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  25. RT @NickThornsby: Labour tweeps – are you proud? RT @politicshomeuk: Controversial Phil Woolas election leaflet posted online http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  26. leischa says:

    RT @bat020: this election leaflet from Phil Woolas MP is astonishingly vile even by his standards: http://is.gd/efZAw (via @psbook)

  27. Phil Woolas should leave now. Just awful. RT @politicshomeuk: Controversial Phil Woolas election leaflet posted online http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  28. andy s 64 says:

    RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  29. lmwalter says:

    RT @aleddilwyn: Phill Woolas and Labour supporters should be absolutely ashamed of this http://is.gd/efZAw

  30. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  31. From a diss pov this is great, but what a bastard he is! @politicshomeuk Controversial Phil Woolas election leaflet http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  32. RT @psbook: What was he thinking? # http://bit.ly/9w8xSB

  33. RT @bat020: this election leaflet from Phil Woolas MP is astonishingly vile even by his standards: http://is.gd/efZAw (via @psbook)

  34. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  35. big kev says:

    RT @HouseofTwits Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  36. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  37. RT @bat020: this election leaflet from Phil Woolas MP is astonishingly vile even by his standards: http://is.gd/efZAw (via @psbook)

  38. RT @aleddilwyn: Phill Woolas and Labour supporters should be absolutely ashamed of this http://is.gd/efZAw

  39. RT @aleddilwyn: Phill Woolas and Labour supporters should be absolutely ashamed of this http://is.gd/efZAw

  40. RT @Big__Kev: RT @HouseofTwits Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  41. RT @theelectionblog: RT @aleddilwyn: Phill Woolas and Labour supporters should be absolutely ashamed of this http://is.gd/efZAw

  42. gm stone says:

    RT @ThomasMorrison: Phil Woolas should leave now. Just awful. RT @politicshomeuk: Controversial Phil Woolas election leaflet posted online http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  43. nofrills says:

    フィル・ウーラス(労働党)が元なんちゃって左翼の人権活動家で根が極右だってことはニュースでも何でもないし、5月の選挙のパンフが何故今ごろニュースに、と思ったら選挙結果が法廷沙汰になってるのか。 / Phil Woolas' electi… http://htn.to/MMMkUZ

  44. gm stone says:

    RT @thabet1979: RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  45. @charlottewilkin It's nothing new, just another of his controversial election leaflets has surfaced online – http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  46. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  47. [...] How Phil Woolas sang from BNP hymn-sheet during election by Sunny Hundal     August 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm This is a leaflet by Labour MP Phil Woolas that he used during the election. It has come to light only now because it’s been uploaded by the Straight Choice site and has started circulating on Twitter and other blogs. [...]

  48. blimey… phil woolas's shocking anti-immigrant election leaflet http://tinyurl.com/37p7cme (via @bat020 @psbook)

  49. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  50. RT @DuncanStott: If a Lib Dem had behaved like Phil Woolas http://is.gd/efZAw I'd demand the party whip be withdrawn. Yet he remains on …

  51. RT @antonvowl: Jesus wept. It's not a shock, but Phil Woolas really is a cunt http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  52. Phil Woolas(Labour) in the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency: http://bit.ly/9wEZpv //a bit of pandering to racists perhaps?

  53. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  54. RT @antonvowl: Jesus wept. It's not a shock, but Phil Woolas really is a cunt http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  55. devilhat says:

    RT: @antonvowl: Jesus wept. It's not a shock, but Phil Woolas really is a cunt http://tinyurl.com/37p7cme

  56. lucydoig says:

    I may be a Labour Party member, but I want nothing to do with someone who could put out leaflet like this: http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ #philwoolas

  57. dalemcox says:

    RT @HouseofTwits: RT @psbook New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  58. psbook says:

    Our article on Phil Woolas' election leaflet is now our 2nd most re-tweeted ever http://is.gd/efZAw

  59. RT @psbook: What was he thinking? # http://bit.ly/9w8xSB <- Phil Woolas' absolutely despicable election leaflets

  60. dagusface says:

    RT @tweetminster: "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook

  61. "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook via @TweetMinster

  62. RT @tweetminster: "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook

  63. frogory says:

    RT @antonvowl: Jesus wept. It's not a shock, but Phil Woolas really is a cunt http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  64. edpw says:

    This is simply unbelievable. RT @psbook New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  65. RT @lucydoig: I may be a Labour Party member, but I want nothing to do with someone who could put a leaflet like this: http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ

  66. Phil Woolas scare leaflet What was he thinking? http://bit.ly/bUqXOG

  67. redrector says:

    Not a progressive campaigner! RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  68. RT @RedRector: Not a progressive campaigner! RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  69. weetam21 says:

    RT @psbook: Our article on Phil Woolas' election leaflet is now our 2nd most re-tweeted ever http://is.gd/efZAw

  70. Chris says:

    Ah, so that would be our friend Peter ‘Mentally’ Hill (© Private Eye) then?

  71. Chris Paul says:

    There is a bit of a problem with the (excellent) Straight Choice and other information about this campaign. Which is that the YEARS of twaddle and nonsense in Focus newsletters in Rochdale and Oldham have NOT been given an airing. Where are all the other Lib Dem leaflets? Never mind the vicious smear campaigns and anonymous sock puppetry of Dave Hennigan and the like. Politics in this area is red in tooth and claw. There are all sorts of allegations about Lib Dems pandering to extreme elements. Suggestions of a pattern of grant-giving that is (a) secretive (Rochdale being the only council to hide their cohesiveness grant list I believe) and (b) strange too.

    The Lib Dems stand accused too. In 2005 in Rochdale for example it is a widely held view that leaflets from far right muslims claiming that Lorna Fitzsimons should be shunned as she was a Jew (untrue) were printed by them or for them using Lib Dem equipment. Some say they can prove that. I’ve not seen that proof myself. Labour’s PPC was sent a funeral wreath before he was even selected. And Phil stood on the platform at a Labour conference and relayed how LDs were playing it both ways on mosque plans in the area.

    What we can say for (the “still fighting elections like a sixth former on Ritalin”) Phil Woolas is that he was and is consistent on these matters. He attacked extremists (BNP and islamist) and what he felt was immigration liberality. He did this on leaflets distributed universally, and, I’m told, the anti-extremist and immigration control messages are widely supported *in asian communities*. We may disagree with him on the ahem “nuance” or absolutely 100% completely but he has not ducked and dived and had a different message on every doorstep.

    Woolas will produce some horrid nasty LD leaflets at the hearing. From his constituency and elsewhere. Both sides will be deemed to have taken the acceptable “cut and thrust of party politics” – which is a very widely drawn concept – to within an inch of their lives. Perhaps there will be some recalibration. But that will surely then be that. If there were a re-run (unlikely IMO) Woolas would be allowed to stand and would increase his majority 20 perhaps 50 fold.

    Elwyn Watkins has been a really really terrible councillor, according to local people, with extraordinarily bad attendance in basic and exec meetings. The worst of the Lib Dem group I believe. He is a fool. His campaigns and his campaigners have probably been every bit as robust (aka nasty) as his opponents. There is that dodgy cash in hand tax avoidance story that he didn’t poperly clear himself from. And there is a great whiff about the whole Rochdale Lib Dem finances with unsubmitted accounts, contrived tenancies and undeclared councillor tithes to name but three problems.

    It may be that Elwyn fancies a run out in Rochdale itself next time. Rowen is toast. If Watkins creates more profile he may see off Godfather Cyril Smith’s godson. Or he may simply hope that kicking up a stink in 2010 will help him beat Woolas in the next general election. He’s almost certainly wrong about that.

  72. Chris Paul says:

    PS Clearly the Woolas leaflet is hard to stomach .. I’m not arguing with that POV

  73. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  74. RT @lucydoig: I may be a Labour Party member, but I want nothing to do with someone who could put out leaflet like this: http://bit.ly/czQ0xZ #philwoolas

  75. also, Phil 'dick' Woolas is still a dick like I thought http://bit.ly/bUqXOG (via @psbook)

  76. psbook says:

    Some really interesting Oldham local context from @ChrispLOL on our Woolas leaflet post. See the second comment >> http://is.gd/efZAw

  77. Jos says:

    This is a completely disgraceful and shameful poster that completely misrepresents the Labour Party

  78. @CollyU RT Some really interesting Oldham local context from @ChrispLOL on Woolas leaflet post. See the second comment >> http://is.gd/efZAw

  79. RT @psbook: What was he thinking? # http://bit.ly/9w8xSB

  80. red bandits says:

    @Jos this is an utterly typical Labour leaflet

    Labour shows itself as racist, corrupt, privatising,neo liberal,warmongering
    and crawling before Murdoch and the Bankers.
    Labours gutless members stood by while this happened for 13 yrs

  81. Johnny says:

    @red bandits Do you realise what an utter pile of shit that is that you just came out with? People like you are as boring as you are completely fucking moronic

  82. RT @psbook: New post –> Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://is.gd/efZAw

  83. RT @sunny_hundal: Sick. Labour MP Phil Woolas equated all illegal immigrants with Muslim extremists at election: http://is.gd/efZAw

  84. paullucr says:

    RT @tweetminster: "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook

  85. RT @tweetminster: "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook

  86. RT @tweetminster: "Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace" http://t.co/c7ajk3e – Political Scrapbook

  87. RT @psbook: Our article on Phil Woolas' election leaflet is now our 2nd most re-tweeted ever http://is.gd/efZAw

  88. Naomi Mc says:

    Just seen this from @psbook: Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  89. RT @naomimc: Just seen this from @psbook: Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  90. RT @naomimc: Just seen this from @psbook: Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  91. A Long Time Coming says:

    Chris Paul has several untruths and half-truths in his rant.

    The wreath sent to the Labour PPC almost certainly came from elements in his own party.

    Woolas will not produce Lib Dem leaflets at his trial as they have absolutely no bearing on the case

    If Chris Paul has any evidence at all of dodgy leaflets about mosques then he should produce them

    Woolas did not distribute his leaflets universally – have a look at his election expense return and you will see how many he didn’t deliver. It just about equates to the number of Asian households in his patch

    According to the Oldham Chronicle, Watkinds WAS officially and totally cleared of malicious accusations made by the Labour Party

    I see that Chris Paul is now lining himself up to be yet again on the wrong side of a court case invloving Labour lies and slurs.

    Nuance my arse.

  92. RT @theelectionblog: RT @naomimc: Just seen this from @psbook: Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  93. RT @theelectionblog: RT @naomimc: Just seen this from @psbook: Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  94. @psbook possibly the most disgusting political publication since "Rivers of Blood" http://bit.ly/9w8xSB #whyimnotlabour

  95. So this is Labour's clean campaigning is it? What a bloody disgrace – http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  96. RT @MShapland: So this is Labour's clean campaigning is it? What a bloody disgrace – http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  97. RT @MShapland: So this is Labour's clean campaigning is it? What a bloody disgrace – http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  98. Welcome to the nuLabour party, http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/ <despicable, desperate and nasty.

  99. Chris Paul says:

    “A long time coming” <- who the hell are you? My comment which is by turns rhetorical, speculative, observational, predictive and condemnatory is *signed*.

    You are a coward, as well as a fool.

    In reverse order:

    1. "nuance" was clearly a joke, Woolas is almost as unsubtle as a Hennigan smear campaign, though he's not picking on individuals and volunteers in this case;
    2. I'm not taking sides, I take the opportunity to crit Phil's sixth form nonsense which I do not support any more than Hennigan's or the rest of the sick Libdemologist crew. I'm predicting what'll happen i.e. not much;
    3. where is the link to the Chronicle? and are they actually correct?;
    [4. I see you aren't interested in dealing with the sad lack of honest accounting from the Lib Dems in Rochdale including hidden tithes and dodgy rent payments;]
    5. assertion about where leaflets went is facile twattle, you have no idea, and the ideas on this stomach churning little eve of poll card were also repeated on Mr Woolas' other literature (which didn't attract this storm on twitter or the blogs) and I'm told, and I have no reason to doubt this, that attacking hotheads, be they Islamic or BNP, is popular with the very great part of the asian communities;
    6. Mr Woolas recounts the mosque story and includes his calling in the culprits to meet him as the local MP. According to Woolas their only explanation was that they did the old LD thing of saying whatever people wanted to hear, and representing what they were told. Are you claiming (a) Lib Dem mosque gate did not take place and (b) this is not the Lib Dem practice, constitutionally enshrined?;
    7. *Obviously* all the leaflets being trading in the constituency and thereabouts are relevant to this case. Cut and thrust, thrust and cut. Goose, gander. Sauce;
    8. Non-one actually knows where the wreath came from. Unlike you ALTC I ain't pointing fingers, I'm just saying politics is rugged, nasty and dirty in these parts;

    Come on "A Long Time Coming" – reveal your name and what your interest is. And then state specifically what is an "untruth" and what is a "half-truth".

    We specialise in true facts and fair comment. We don't like Woolas' campaigning style. We think it's juvenile. But we think Watkins is an arse. And so are you.

  100. Bob the non-speeder says:

    Yet another re-writing of history.

    Race riots “after a gang of white men threw a brick through the window of an Asian household in the Glodwick area”

    Utter bollocks.

    There were gangs of asians attacking white individuals across the town. The police were not dealing with it and the BNP took it upon themselves to appear as the only people who would “defend whites”. The overwhelming majority of riotous behaviour was “asians” attacking the police as they thought themselves untouchable. Only a few days later did the idiot “whites” of Alt join in. But then if you knew anything about Oldham you would know that.

    Secondly you remark about the firebombing of the mayor Riaz ahmed. You make no mention that the police have never dealt with it and it is widely known that the perpetrators were “asians” trying to create a backlash and fermenting more violence from the so-called “asian community”.

    Last weekend two incidents happened in Alexandra park, considered a no-go area by many “whites” after a number of racist attacks. One was a group of “asian” men sexually threatening two young white girls and robbing them of their phone. The police as usual tried to play the incidents down and claimed they were not racist. These things need to be dealt with firmly otherwise the will be race riots part 2.

    Woolas is quite happy to whip up the same kind of hysteria in his idiotic leaflets and this site tried to re-write history.

    Try better next time.

  101. A Long Time Coming says:

    In reverse order, Chris Paul.

    8. Actually, somebody does know where the wreath came from as it seems it was paid for by some numpty on their credit card. I can’t think why no further action was taken, perhaps you can explain. And you certainly did try to link it with the Lib Dems by sandwiching your smear inother allegations about them.

    7. All the leaflets delivered in the constituency and elsewhere are not relevant to this case. Believe me. Just watch.

    6. Show the leaflet. You have been banging on about it for ages and frantically begging for copies. Has one turned up yet. My guess is not.

    5. Have a look at Woolas’ election expenses. Either he was not delivering certain parts of the seat or he was shaving his submisssion in order to scrape under the limit. Maybe you could tell us all which.

    4. This thread is nothing to do with events in Rochdale. I know you believe that every single event since Adam was a lad has a link back to what goes on in Rochdale, but it doesn’t.

    3. The Chronicle reported that the Lib Dem candidate had been cleared of all of Labour’s trumped up charges by the Inland Revenue – or whatever they call themselves these days.

    2. Why will “not much” happen. Do you really think that in an election it is OK for anyone to say anything about their opponent deliberately late in the campaign and for it not to matter? In that case, just wait until you stand again.

    1. This is hardly a matter of Woolas’ “unsubtlety”. I think it goes rather deeper and wider than that.

  102. Just been reading @ChrispLOL's comments on the Phil Woolas election leaflet… pffft. http://bit.ly/b6m6e7

  103. Here is one of the “horrid nasty LD leaflets” on the Straight Choice / Election Leaflets site.

    http://www.electionleaflets.org/full.php?q=4990#l12184

    The link takes you to the ‘nastiest’ section. Anyone think this is comparable with Woolas’s leaflet?

    This is the only Lib Dem leaflet from Oldham East and Saddleworth I’ve found online. I’d like to see others to see if there were any that genuinely do have a nasty edge to them.

  104. More examples of Labour fighting dirty against the Lib Dems – http://bit.ly/aHHtZO http://bit.ly/b6m6e7

  105. RT @DuncanStott More examples of Labour fighting dirty against the Lib Dems – http://bit.ly/aHHtZO http://bit.ly/b6m6e7

  106. RT @DuncanStott More examples of Labour fighting dirty against the Lib Dems – http://bit.ly/aHHtZO http://bit.ly/b6m6e7

  107. Paul n says:

    "Mr Pot suing Mr Kettle. "The strange case of Phil Woolas & his election leaflets: http://bbc.in/dnMKc6 http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  108. @ChilternsBlue I believe this is what @LawrenceMills was referring to. http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  109. RT @alphabetofbeing: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/ #deselectwoolas Let's see if we can get a tren …

  110. Gavin M says:

    RT @alphabetofbeing: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/ #deselectwoolas Let's see if we can get a tren …

  111. Jae Kay says:

    RT @alphabetofbeing: http://bit.ly/aMRxkh #deselectwoolas #labour

  112. RT @alphabetofbeing: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/ #deselectwoolas Let's see if we can get a tren …

  113. RT @alphabetofbeing: http://bit.ly/aMRxkh #deselectwoolas #labour

  114. [...] Just thought I'd have a look and see if I could find anything on t'web and found this Phil Woolas' election leaflets were a disgrace | Political Scrapbook I think I can see one charge of inciting racial hatred and a definate case of "Hang on, [...]

  115. [...] Political Scrapbook reproduces one of the controversial election leaflets produced by the Labour Party in Oldham.  This postcard was delivered on polling day. [...]

  116. @AlexCruzVidal Check out his leaflet: http://tinyurl.com/37p7cme; and email sent by agent: http://tinyurl.com/2wvjw2o Total madness!!!

  117. [...] even if he manages to escape prosecution, the campaign which he chose to run and the leaflets that he put out were vile and disgusting racist filth. The Labour Party constitution says that when [...]

  118. Awful, inflammatory leaflet sent out by Phil Woolas campaign http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  119. Awful, inflammatory leaflet sent out by Phil Woolas campaign http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

  120. James Moore says:

    I am glad this has come out in to the forefront. Woolas, Bryne, and McNulty all of them were guitly of not only playing the immigration card but in their haste and zeal also started to pick on mixed race children of British (English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish mothers) by putting on restrictions of fees on such persons who have the right of abode. I wrote to him thinking it was an over sight but he did absolutely nothing to either my letters or to my MPs letters and some of his cronies still exist in the home office still carrying out their policy of discriminating against us. I hope he is thrown out of the labour party for good as should Liam Bryne, and McNulty.

  121. Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, MILIBAND?

  122. RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  123. RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  124. RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  125. Ben Six says:

    RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  126. RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  127. Scott says:

    RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  128. RT @garydunion: Phil Woolas (http://bit.ly/cPBMbH) has been made a shadow Home Office minister? ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY FUCKING KIDDING ME, M …

  129. RT @psbook: What was he thinking? http://bit.ly/9w8xSB @sdharman fyi

  130. Nadia says:

    RT @Politikalgeek: Phil Woolas for those, like me, whom it passed by http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  131. RT @Politikalgeek: Phil Woolas for those, like me, whom it passed by http://politicalscrapbook.net/2010/08/phil-woolas-election-leaflets/

  132. [...] race, religion and immigration to win an election. That, in an area like Oldham and Burnley, has long been used by the likes of the BNP to stir up trouble and and incite racial [...]

  133. ColinW says:

    And so now we can assume Ed Miliband approves of Woolas’ race hate campaign, as he’s appointed him to his frontbench team.

    Sickening. Almost as sickening as Chris Paul, now defending the racehate tactics of Woolas, just like he defended the homophobia of Labour’s Miranda Grell. who of course was found guilty by an electoral court of the same offence Woolas is charged with.

    Still, just what we’ve come to expect from the Torture & Rendition Party.

  134. [...] of Woolas’ election materials has caused a great deal of debate online. Calling for Woolas to go, Emma Burnell accurately sums up [...]

  135. [...] lies about his Liberal Democrat opponent and stirring racial tensions with an election day leaflet which said: “Extremists are trying to hijack this election. They want you to vote Lib Dem to [...]

  136. [...] from the obvious, which is that to stir up racial tensions like this is abhorrent, it’s also illegal. As the judgement of the court makes [...]

  137. [...] fund has been set up by Labour MPs to pay the legal costs of Woolas’s appeal against the ruling of the election court. Labour MPs’ reaction has baffled me. They’ve bitten their tongues over war, fees, the [...]

  138. @Norfolkblogger Have you read this yet or not? http://bit.ly/cPBMbH

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