Gareth Snell, who graduated in history and politics in 2008 at Keele has just been selected as the Labour candidate to fight the by-election in Stoke Central which has arisen as the result of the resignation of another historian, Tristram Hunt. Since he graduated Gareth has served as a local councillor in Newcastle and as leader of the Borough Council, as well as working as a trades union official. He spent his final year at Keele studying parliament and politics in the reign of Edward II.
It is a long time since electoral politics in Stoke on Trent have attracted national interest. In 1931 Oswald Mosley attracted 10534 votes as a candidate for the ‘New Party’ (better known as the British Union of Fascists) and came in third, one of only two seats in that election where the New Party didn’t lose its deposit.