Campaign Diary 21st September 2014
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the run up to the Medworth By-Election Campaign and it’s frenetic start. We’ve knocked on 95% of doors in Medworth, delivered two pieces of literature and given out dozens of posters. It’s been exciting to meet so many people and delightful to find such strong Conservative support in the area.
There’s still a long way to go in the campaign yet as the By-Election doesn’t take place until 16th October 2014. Nearly a whole month away. We’ve got some unusual and exciting things planned for the campaign – but shhhh – can’t say too much. The opposition are listening. :)
Our Campaign Website is up and running at http://www.medworthward.com so please do go and check it out. We’ll be adding stuff to it as we go. I’ve also set up a dedicated email address for messages about the Campaign, questions, requests for information, or offers of help with the campaign. email@example.com
I was surprised that I am the only candidate who actually lives in the Ward. Local newspaper Editor John Elworthy jumped in to defend the opposition in the usual way on Twitter pointing out that I’ve stood in other areas previously. As usual, he completely (deliberately?) misses the point. There’s not anything intrinsically wrong with somebody standing to represent a place they don’t live – whether that is acceptable or not is up to the electorate. They will decide if the downside of living elsewhere is balanced by the upside of the Candidate’s potential qualities. But I doubt many would deny that in an ideal world most candidates would live in the place they seek to represent. And it is surprising to find that UKIP and Labour couldn’t find a single suitable candidate who did, that the Independent lives even further afield in Guyhirn and that the Liberal Democrat lives way over in Chatteris. I find that people do care about these things and that they do, on balance, prefer a more local candidate. It’s not the only thing that matters for sure. But it’s not unimportant either.
Anyway, I digress. I’m having a lot of fun with my team of volunteers – all good friends. We have people of every age and of multiple nationalities. We have been getting out there and just being positive and upbeat on the doorstep and people seem to be responding. We briefly ran into the UKIP guys, who looked a little hot and bothered to me, like a perpetually boiling kettle. But they were nice enough and Andrew Hunt shook my hand and we wished each other “break a leg” in the theatre tradition. Apparently Independent candidate Erbie Murat was also seen out and about, but I wasn’t told if he was still wearing that multi-coloured rosette that he put such store in last time. I hope so. It was a cool rosette.
No sign of Labour yet, nor the Lib Dems (obviously.) A number of left-of-centre voters have told us they plan to vote tactically, to which I can only respond: “Thanks! We’ll try to be worthy of that honour.” I know that voting for another party would be difficult for me too, the only time I’d think about it would be to keep out the BNP, or Britain First, or UKIP.
Jessica and I will be out and about all month. Put the kettle on, we’ll bring the cakes. :)