Commenting on Jim McMahon’s election as the new MP for Oldham West and Royton

Labour victory in Oldham West and Royton is a ringing endorsement for Jim McMahon and the campaign we have been running since September against this Government’s cuts to Tax Credits and policing – and its damaging austerity policies.

On a wet Thursday in December, the people of Oldham West and Royton have turned out in their thousands and voted for a Labour Party that is offering a real choice: between the politics of the few peddled by David Cameron and George Osborne – and the better, fairer Britain Labour stands for.

The people of Oldham chose Labour values and Labour’s vision for the future. By increasing our share of the vote since the General Election, voters in Oldham have demonstrated that Labour is the real party of working people.

We will now take our winning arguments to every constituency in the country –  to convince the electorate, as we have in Oldham, that only Labour can deliver the economic and social justice our country is crying out for.