Friday, May 29, 2009

Out and about

At last some sunshine! Yesterday, I was combining campaigning for the European elections with two local council by-elections which are taking place at around the same time.

In the morning, I was in Brambles Farm in Middlesbrough working with Len Junier's team knocking out Labour voters. It was one of those curious sessions where the Westminster allowances issue wasn't raised once, and Labour voters seemed genuinely keen to come out and support Les. The result was a clear win for Labour, which finished with three times as many votes as any of the other parties.

Then it was on to Stainton Grove and Barnard Castle, where Labour's Sharon Longcroft is a candidate in the Barnard Castle East by-election that will be fought on the same day as the European poll. The best contact of the afternoon was with a young couple who were incensed by the BNP party political broadcast the night before - as the young mum observed, "They said they weren't racist at least 10 times, so it's obvious that they are!" In the house was also their friend from a neighbouring street who wasn't registered to vote. Of course, it's too late now for the elections next week, but she wanted a registration form sending out to her so she too could support Labour at future elections and help beat the BNP.

We were happy to oblige!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.....

When is the Labour leaflet going to be delivered in Whinfield Park?
No one has received it. You are the only party that hasn't bothered.

Darlington Councillor said...

Hi Alan.

Surprised to hear that - you should have received 2 by Polling Day.

Best wishes,

Nick.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.....

Sorry Nick none at all.

Ian W said...

I saw the BNP PPB and did notice they omitted the forigners who dided in the war especially when showing clips of spitfires, something they slipped up on only a few weeks ago.

Sadly the greedy opposition have given them an advantage by being caught with their snouts in the trough or was that feet in the moat.

I don't agree but think they will gain the "disgusted" voters.

Liza said...

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President um bongo said...

What next Liza you turn out to be the daughter of the assasinated president of "um bongo" and have £35,000,000 USD and need a friend in the UK to handle it for you?

Sorry for my scepticism.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

Thanks Nick. It came at 6.45 this morning.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how long it will take you to remove this factual comment?

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.....

If this is true it is shocking.

How the hell do we teach our children and young people respect, to uphold the law, not to take an unfair advantage and to put service before themselves if this is going on in public life.

Your comments would be very welcome Nick.

Darlington Councillor said...

Alan.

As you may have seen, I've had to remove several comments which contained significant inaccuracies about one of Labour's candidates in the European elections.

Given that no doubt this is going to persist, I've also turned on comment moderation, but only until Friday.

Anonymous said...

Looks like your attempt at censorship has blown up in your face Councillor.

Its all over two other blogs.

curious said...

what is and which 2 blogs

Anonymous said...

Find out curious. They are both Darlington blogs.

curious said...

Was it this from Cllr Barkers Blog?

If your MP had made NO speeches in the House of Commons in the past year...




If your MP sat on NO Select Committees in the House of Commons...




If your MP has ALWAYS voted against ALL bills designed to create a more transparent Parliament...




If your MP worked for Lloyd's Pharmacy, Pepsico, Diaverum Healthcare, Covidien and Bridgepoint Capital...




If your MP earned more from his outside jobs than he does as an MP...




If your MP claimed the MAXIMUM Additional Costs Allowance to enable him to represent his electorate, despite playing no discernible role in the House of Commons...
If your MP lives over 50 miles from his constituency...
If you're wondering what bloody use your MP is to his constituency...


You probably live in Darlington.