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!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sadly Vicky theres not much to choose from Labour being bankrolled by the unions and the Tories by Lord Ashcroft .
Both are corruptions of the one man one vote system.
Unfortunately the Tories have always liked the " rich bloke "
who always seems to both impress and take over.
The Tories should start to fight on their merits not what some individual wants

Anonymous said...

Sadly Vicky theres not much to choose from Labour being bankrolled by the unions and the Tories by Lord Ashcroft .
Both are corruptions of the one man one vote system.
Unfortunately the Tories have always liked the " rich bloke "
who always seems to both impress and take over.
The Tories should start to fight on their merits not what some individual wants

Vicky Ford said...

Thanks for this - I think it is incredibly important that people know where the money is coming from to support any campaign. If its public money that should be clear - if it comes from private donations that too should be clear. However it is crazy to expect the main stream political parities to rely on cake stalls and tombolas alone.

Personally I was very pleased to hear Cameron talk recently about the large number of "£50,000 doners" that the Conservative Party now has. They aren't the millionaire cheque books, and should not take away from the vital work of the association fundraisers but band of important contributers.

Ellee said...

Robert is incredibly well organised and has a great and supportive team. I've enjoyed meeting him and having lunch with his local Association.

I remember how nail biting that count was during the last election. I'm sure Robert stands an excellent chance of turning Harlow blue next time round, pity he has to wait so long.