Stoke by-election: It's like Labour are trying to lose by putting up Gareth Snell, says journalist Harry Cole

Stoke by-election: 'It's like Labour are trying to lose by putting up Gareth Snell', says journalist Harry Cole

Gareth Snell (left) has had to apologise for a series of tweets about women on TV programmes

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A journalist has lamented the lack of proper vetting on Labour's candidate in the Stoke by-election, Gareth Snell, after a series of tweets he sent about Diane Abbott and other women were published.

Snell has recently apologised after a series of offensive tweets about Abbott and a number of other female personalities, including the presenters of Loose Women, appeared on the Guido Fawkes website.  

He also apologised for a tweet where he said Deirdre from Coronation Street deserved a “a good slap”. 

Harry Cole, The Sun's Westminster correspondent, said the situation was getting "a bit embarrassing" in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer

He said: "I can’t remember any by-election candidate who has had to apologise for their behaviour twice in one day.

"You just think, has any basic vetting been done on this guy? Any normal political party to become a government in the next [few] years would have structures in place for people they let stand under their banner.

“It’s like they’re trying to lose this seat. Corbyn’s already hamstrung Labour in the heartlands like Stoke and then they put up this guy who has appeared to suffer a bad case of verbal diarrhea.

"It's all getting a bit embarrassing."

Some Labour supporters are hopeful, however. Yesterday Labour List editor Peter Edwards told talkRADIO that UKIP candidate Paul Nuttall was "unattractive" and this could allow Labour to win the seat.

The full list of candidates in the Stoke by-election is as follows: 

Mohammed Akram – Independent

Dr Zulfiqar Ali – Liberal Democrat

Jack Brereton – Conservative

Adam Colclough – Green Party

Godfrey Davies – Christian Peoples Alliance

Barbara Fielding – Independent

David Furness – British National Party

Paul Nuttall – Ukip

Gareth Snell - Labour

The Flying Brick – Monster Raving Loony Party

The polls open for the next representative for Stoke on February 23rd.