LABOUR leader Ed Miliband hit the campaign trail in Barnsley as the battle to replace disgraced MP Eric Illsley entered its final stage.
With three days to go until Thursday’s by-election Labour candidate and former soldier Dan Jarvis looks set to win.
A poll of 507 registered voters in Barnsley Central predicts he will take 63 per cent of the vote, a massive 50 points ahead of the Conservatives. The research puts Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems on just six per cent.
Mr Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, told The Star: “I’m proud of all Labour MPs but I would be particularly proud of Dan Jarvis if he’s elected.
“He is someone who has fought for our country and demonstrated outstanding bravery.
“He served his country in an outstanding way for 15 years. I am grateful he has now chosen to seek to serve it again in Parliament for Barnsley Central.”
The polling results will come as welcome relief for the Labour leader, who today received an unexpected attack from Peter Mandelson. In a preface for his new book out today, The Third Man, Lord Mandelson said: “If he fails, he will help Cameron undo all the work we did at the outset of New Labour.”
n Full list of candidates:
Dominic Carman, Lib Dem; Jane Collins, UKIP; Enis Dalton, BNP; Tony Devoy, independent; James Hockney, Conservative; Howling Laud Hope, Monster Raving Looney Party; Dan Jarvis, Labour; Kevin Riddiough, English Democrats; Michael Val Davies, independent.