Sedgefield LibDems' campaign scored a spectacular own-goal when they turned up uninvited to a village event in Hurworth, according to the dear old D & S Times.
(As there's nothing so vulgar as hyperlinks to the paper's articles, I'll repeat the snippet from 'Spectator's Notes' in full).
The Sedgefield Liberal Democrats did themselves no favours by gate-crashing the Scouts strawberry fair on Hurworth village green last Friday evening.
Although the rain was never far away, villagers were enjoying the annual get-together which, as well as raising money for the scouts, is about the only time in the year when the whole village turns out for a social occasion.
The group of earnest yellow rosette-wearing politicos, including candidate Greg Stone, were about as welcome as a swarm of wasps at a summer picnic."
Of course, the LibDems adhere to a strategy which relies on massive, in-your-face exposure during a by-election. It's their desire to push many more forests of trees through letterboxes than the opposition (the politician's equivalent of willy-waving). Whilst this deluge cheeses a lot of people off, it's an essential strategy when most voters in a constituency like Sedgefield won't have heard from the party from one decade to the next...