Following the first Doorstep Brighton update published yesterday, I have received further reports:
Regency: (I suspect this will be a fantastic campaign). Both Jason Kitcat and Ania Kitcat have been out door knocking during the week and at the weekend. They report the same pattern as both 2007, with Greens in first place and the Tories 2nd. Jason assures me that “no chickens being counted here … will carry on the hard work right to the finish line”.
Hove: I am full of admiration for Lib Dem Mark Collins. He is one of the few Lib Dems to have raised his head above the parapet. He says that he doesn’t expect his reports to be taken into account, due to the huge anti-Lib Dem bias on this blog, most of which, he says, is thoroughly entertaining. He assures me that he will fight my corner as always. (For the record, this blog has not always had an anti-Lib Dem bias. I called for tactical voting in favour of the Lib Dems in both Lewes and Eastbourne. But that was before Nick Clegg and Norman Baker sold out).
Mark says: “The Lib Dems were out in force in Hove this weekend, as we have been every weekend since at least September (since the General election for some of us). We were getting good returns on all fronts, which is not something any of us ever should learn to expect. We don’t take our votes for granted, and never have done. It is an incredibly tough time to be a Lib Dem. But I feel that is more down to the self flagellation from some of ourselves and the whisperings of the “chattering political classes” as witnessed here. An earlier poster stated correctly “the pavement is better than the barstool” for determining political preference. The reaction I have is predominantly positive. The only person who has bitten my head off on the doorstep was a long time Labour activist. Whilst that is never pleasant, it’s something a party of government has to get used to. We can’t please everyone, nor should we try to. I came into politics to make a difference to people’s lives and improve the community I was brought up in. Not sit in my armchair and shout down every decision I disliked. We’ll be fighting hard to make gains in May. In Brighton and Hove we have recruited more members, both pre and POST Coalition – who are engaged, active and keen to see us succeed. There is no point predicting results yet. The only thing to say is that there is all to play for in the short time until May. We’ll be campaigning to make sure it remains that way until 10pm May 5th!”
Hollingdean and Stanmer: News reaches me that the Tories are fielding Rachel Bates as candidate in H&S. There can be just one conclusion to be made. Rachel is personable, very able, hard working, dedicated …. and likely to be nothing more than a paper candidate, meaning that the Tories are concentrating their efforts elsewhere. Why do I draw this conclusion? Rachel works for Hove MP Mike Weatherley and is unlikely to do anything outside the Hove constituency, especially in a no-hope area for the Tories such as H&S.
More from H&S. Luke Walter (Labour candidate) reports that being asked for a ‘Vote Green’ poster this weekend is not the record. A Coldean residents (the heartland of councillor Pat Hawkes) wanted a Green billboard the weekend before. Christopher Hawtree outdoes even this. “Somebody in Brunswick asked me for a Green poster in October…”. Enough, now.
And finally, Clive sounds a warning: “I can see this feature turning into an endless succession of entries reading ‘Out canvassing all day!!! Gr8 response!!!!!’ Perhaps the BPB should offer a small prize for candour in posts, and maybe a slightly bigger prize for anyone who spots a Tory out in daylight.” Gr8 idea!!!!! The smaller prize will be a ticket to a lecture by Paul Perrin of UKIP on ‘Democracy and the European Union’. The slightly bigger prize … 2 tickets. Boom boom. (Sorry, normal service will commence soon – BPB). Once the volume of reporting commences, such ‘reports’ will be rejected and a ‘list of shame’ introduced.