I am in danger of presenting the general election as being about just one campaign – that in Brighton Pavilion. In fact Roy Greenslade, a titan of the newspaper industry (and I do mean that sincerely) almost suggested that when he said on the Guardian’s Greenslade Blog, that this was “a lively blog where the left-of-centre author appears to be enthused by the Green candidate in Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas“.
In Hove, it is looking increasingly likely that there will be a Tory win, although Celia Barlow pulled off one of the most amazing results last time by holding the seat. Greens are suggesting that it is a lost cause for Labour so anti-Tories can vote according to their preference. Don’t vote Green in Hove, not in this election. Wait until the Greens have developed their base beyond the solitary but high profile and impressive Alex Phillips.
In Brighton Kemptown Green Ben Duncan is putting up a bit of a show, but he will come nowhere near ousing the anti-Tory challenge of Simon Burgess. Again, don’t vote Green this time around in Kemptown. Vote tactically for Simon Burgess.
So in Brighton and Hove, I am advocating tactical voting for Labour in Brighton Kemptown and in Hove, and definitely a tactical vote and a principled vote for the Greens in Brighton Pavilion.
In Hastings in Rye I have always been impressed by the work ethic of Michael Foster who is defending the seat against the Tory, Amber Rudd. Please give a tactical vote for Labour in Hastings. Michael may not set the world on fire, but he has been an excellent MP.
In Lewes it has to be the Liberal Democrat, Stormin’ Norman Baker. If Mandelson is to New Labour what Portillo was to the last Tory Government, then the re-election of Norman Baker will be the worst thing possible for Mandelson.
Finally, the election in Eastbourne is turning nasty where sitting Tory MP Nigel Watersons in real danger of losing to the Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd. All Labour and Green supporters must vote Lib Dem in Eastbourne. If Stephen wins, it won’t be the last we will hear of Waterson – he has already threatened to see Lloyd in Court over an election leaflet. Who would have thought it, nasty politics in Eastbourne.
Filed under: General Election 2010, tactical voting | Tagged: Alex Phillips, Amber Rudd, Ben Duncan, Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, Celia Barlow, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Michael Foster, Nigel Waterson, Norman Baker, Roy Greenslade, Rye, Simon Burgess, Stephen Lloyd | 5 Comments »