In Rochdale just outside

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In Rochdale, just outside of Manchester, Lorna Fitzsimons — a Labour MP looking for a third term — was facing a tough challenge from the Lib Dems. So, who did the Labour high command send to help? Karen Hicks, Howard Dean’s campaign manager in the New Hampshire primary and the field director at the DNC in the general election. Fitzsimons, apparently not well-versed in recent American political history, told the New York Times that: “Karen is my ace in the hole.”

Well, the Lib Dem candidate, Paul Rowen, must have had a royal flush because he’s the new MP from Rochdale.

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