Saturday, 20 October 2007
Feedback from the Marginal Seats
Today I went to Harlow where the Labour MP's majority is only 97 votes. Robert Halfon the Conservative candidate has been in the press this week pointing out the huge amount of public and trade union money that Labour MP's have to help defend their tiny majorities.
There are two council by-elections in Harlow this week. I arrived to find a wonderfully well organised Conservative campaign HQ. Great candidates, well marked canvas cards, many various leaflets and good coffee. One team was running a street stall collecting support for a EU referendum, others were canvassing and delivering leaflets.
On the streets I met committed Conservatives and long term Labour voters who want a change. Sadly I also met two families who say they've had enough and are emigrating. One was a GP taking his family to Australia.
The issues were the same as I find everywhere, immigration, crime, underfunded roads and services, young people with drugs and alcohol in the woods, families struggling to make ends meet.
Over lunch, I met up with Robert and Alistair Burt MP (he's just such a nice man). Alistair reminded everyone that all council by-elections are critical at the moment. If Gordon won't give us a general election then at least this is a chance for people to send him a message. If you want to make a difference, get out to your target seats and join them for a day - you will return home happy!