One news story which hasn't received much attention was Saturday's release by Cllr. Charles Johnson. the Tories Spokesman on Resources on the Council and Chariman of South Durham Conservatives, tucked away on page 9 of Saturday's Echo.
After all the razzamatazz about the "Tory Women" selected to fight certain key seats, it would appear that the Conservatives are having as much trouble as ever finding candidates. According to the article, the Tories have once again had to resort to advertising in "a local magazine" (West End News?) for candidates. Worse, Charles can only promise that they are planning to stand "at least one candidate in each of Darlington's wards."
I would have thought a party hungry for power would have been contesting all 53 seats next May - Labour certainly will. The Tories have been quite effective in making a lot of noise lately, but it would seem they don't have the troops to match the propaganda.