Monday, 25 May 2009

Missing leaflets

With Euro postal ballot papers arriving on voters' doormats, I have so far received leaflets from the Lib Dems, UKIP and BNP - but nothing yet from Labour or the Conservatives - what's going on? Interestingly, I've been told that postmen working in Darlington have been told they need not deliver the BNP leaflet if they object to it! Maybe that option extends to all the parties, and they're refusing to deliver the Tory and Labour ones!

As usual today, as with almost every day for the past few weeks, I'll spend an hour or two delivering Fiona Hall's tabloid newspaper in Darlington.

So far our small local team has delivered 22,000 of these tabloids - we have the inky fingers to prove it - with many more to go. With her Annual Report delivered earlier in the year, and our ward and PPC Focuses also featuring Fiona prominently, households across the constituency have had plenty of reminders about just how hard she's worked for them since her famous election five years ago.

And yet last night an email arrived from a good friend of mine in the local party wondering whether, even with our party's relatively blameless exposure to the MP's expenses scandal, all that work will be wasted come June 4th if some of our vote slides away to the fringe parties. I'm certain his worries are unfounded: Fiona will be re-elected with a larger share of the vote than last time.

But it is clear that all politicians from all parties at all levels are being tarred with the same brush. It's a rough ride out there at the moment. Even some of our FREEPOST envelopes going out with my PPC Focus are coming in stuffed with abusive comments about politicians.

6 comments:

miketually said...

Over here on Springfield, we've had BNP, Lib Dem and Conservative, but nothing from UKIP or Labour.

AllyAEC said...

Cumberland Street we have had Lib Dem. That's it.

Alex T said...

Here in Park West Ward we have only had Lib Dem, Green and just today the Labour leaflet. Historically we never get anyone canvassing around here as I think it's assumed we are all Tories - not true. The labour leaflet is spectacularly badly put together, the back page devoted to some weak put downs of Tory and Lib Dem policies. E.G. Tory tax cuts for the rich, Lib Dems soft on crime and drugs. They have a big splash on protecting North East workers, disappointingly no mention of what they’ll do for the workers at Corus though. Also a big chunk of blurb about being tough on immigrants and the European arrest warrant, shame they couldn’t use it to take down arch criminal Blair.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

Whinfield Park hasn't had anything from Labour either, but we have had leaflets from the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.

miketually said...

The Labour leaflet arrived today, in the post not hand delivered.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes again...

Still nowt from Labour in Whinfield Park.

First on the leaflet front were the Lib Dems, second the Tories and then the minority parties.