That Fabulous Platts Woman

I often feel guilty when blogging about Brighton Pavilion. I still sway towards the probability that Caroline Lucas is more likely to beat the Tories than a Labour candidate. I feel guilty, not because this blog may ‘call’ Brighton Pavilion for the Greens in the Tactical Voting Campaign, but because Nancy Platts is a decent, hard working, honourable candidate.  Her misfortune is to be a Labour candidate in the 2010 General Election.

But what is so refreshing about Nancy is the obvious enjoyment she has in campaigning for election. She takes issues seriously and works hard, but does not take herself too seriously, or at least she is willing to poke fun at herself.

Last night I received a message from her in which she makes reference to the debate on this blog about campaigning on the estates. The question has been asked (not by Nancy – she does not comment on her opponents weaknesses) whether Caroline Lucas knows where Crabtree Avenue is, or whether she has ever caught the number 50 omnibus to The Dip in Hollingdean.

What Nancy has done is to post prictures of herself out and about in Brighton Pavilion. These pictures were taken in, err, oh yes, Crabtree Avenue and visiting the post office in The Dip. She signed the message to me “That Platts Woman”, a self-effacing reference to the own goal by Green Councillor, Sven Rufus (see

As always, Nancy, the more people see of you, the more people like what they see. Your intervention is much appreciate.

A Tactical Vote in Lewes is a Lib Dem Vote

The first call for the Tactical Voting Campaign is for Labour and Greens to support Stormin’ Norman at the General Election.  Norman Baker MP was elected to Parliament in 1997. A former local councillor he has gained a huge reputation at Westminster for his campaigning from the back benches for a public enquiry into the death of David Kelly.

There should be no difficulty in Labour and Greens voting for Norman, unless of course you are a huge fan of Peter Mandelson.  Baker is probably the MP hated most by Mandelson.  All the more reason for voting for him!

Up against him are Jason Sugarman (Conservative) and Hratche Koundarjian (Labour).  Sugarman was educated at Brighton College and Durham University. He is a barrister specialising in criminal law. Having contested Dudley South in 2001, he appears to be a Tory in search of a seat. Koundarjian was educated at Sussex University and works in public affairs. Unfortunately for him, Labour doesn’t stand a hope in hell of winning in Lewes, so Labour voters should have no hesitation in voting Lib Dem.

The result in 2005 was:

Conservative: 15902 (34.2%)
Labour: 4169 (9%)
Liberal Democrat: 24376 (52.4%)
Green: 1071 (2.3%)
UKIP: 1034 (2.2%)
Majority: 8474 (18.2%)

Since then there have been boundary changes.  The UK Polling Report has adjusted the 2005 result to reflect the boundary changes and reports a notional 2005 result as follows:

Liberal Democrat: 26140 (51.6%)
Conservative: 17212 (34%)
Labour: 4943 (9.8%)
Other: 2359 (4.7%)
Majority: 8928 (17.6%)

Tactical Voting Campaign

On June 14th I called for tactical voting across Sussex in order to return eight non-Conservatives Members of Parliament at the next General Election. Today this blog is launching the Tactical Voting Campaign that aims to link voters in different consituencies who will ‘trade’ votes with others in order to elect the strongest non-Conservative candidate.

For example, if you are a Lib Dem supporter living in Brighton Kemptown (where your candidate has no chance of even coming third) you can agree to cast your vote for the Labour candidate in exchange for a Labour supporter in Lewes voting for the Lib Dem candidate (Norman Baker who will be defending his seat).

If enough agreement is reached, we can defeat the Conservatives across Sussex rather than see them achieve a clean sweep.  There are 4 recommendations for Labour votes (Brighton Kemptown, Crawley, Hove and Hastings), 3 for the Lib Dems (Lewes, Eastbourne and Shoreham & Worthing East), and 1 for the Greens (Brighton Pavilion).

Further details will be posted later in the week. In the meantime, comments are welcomed on the Tactical Voting Campaign.