Thursday, 22 May 2014

Vote Conservative

Please go out today and vote for the Conservative Party. Although there are some local elections taking place in parts of the country, in Nottingham the only poll is for the EU Parliament.

The Conservatives deserve your vote tomorrow for only one reason. We will give you a referendum on whether you want to stay in the European Union. No other party wants to or can give you a say. Only the Conservatives can give you a choice over Europe.

Make sure you vote wisely.

Monday, 19 May 2014

[VIDEO] Chester and Cheadle Road Trip 2015

Road Trip 2015 has created another video this time about their action day in the two parliamentary seats of Chester and Cheadle. Chester is currently held by the Conservative Stephen Mosley MP, who also went to Nottingham Uni, and Cheadle by a Lib Dem. These are seats we need to hold and take if we want the Conservatives to have a majority in 2015. Here is the video:

Tom Hunt Campaigns Across The East

After the success of my last post, here is another photo round up about what my friend Tom Hunt has been doing in his campaigning efforts as 5th of the list to be a Conservative MEP in the East. Tom has really made huge efforts to get around the whole region from the North Norfolk coast to the London commuter towns. Let's see where he has been.

A few days ago Tom went to Bishops' Stortford where he came across Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe. Of course he went into canvass to see if the sweet shop owners are on side and I'm pleased to report they are. I love these sort of shops so let's hope Tom has saved me some liquorice torpedoes.

Tom also went Borehamwood with Geoffrey Van Orden MEP where they spotted in a car park one of the famous Conservative posters for the European Elections. Remember it's only the Conservatives that can deliver the country an in-out referendum on Europe. Be sure to vote for that on Thursday.

Having taken a break from appearing on Towie as 'man in background', Stephen Canning joined Tom Hunt as he campaigned in Braintree. There was a lot of support of the ground from the Braintree Tories and hopefully this will thus be a strong area in the elections. How very Reem.

Tom is not one to shy away from a debate and promote the fact that the Conservatives want either a heavily reformed EU or for us to leave. He thus took on other party representatives in a debate at King's College, Cambridge. Doesn't the UKIP man look grumpy.

Tom also went to his home town of Ely to campaign in the town centre with both Geoffrey Van Orden MEP and David Campbell Bannerman MEP. Tom is a councillor in Ely South Ward where he works very hard. He hopes that his constituents will come out and vote for him again in the EU elections.

Tom has also been near to where I live in Gorefield where he and all the other MEP candidates spoke to residents about the EU and answered questions. This was at the time of the Roman Bank by-election, won by cool Conservative Sam Clark. This event was enjoyed by all and afterwards the Euro-candidates gave Sam a hand and did a bit of campaigning for her.

Tom was back with David Campbell Bannerman with a street stall in Hitchin market place. I guess by this time Tom has handed out tens of thousands of the Euro leaflets. I hope that they convince enough people to back the Conservatives in up and coming elections to keep the pressure of the Eurocrats.

Tom then went to Rochford and Southend with James Dudridge MP. Other notable campaigners include Andrew Thorpe-Apps who has been doing a lot of good work in the south of the region. Also there's a guy in tweed I recognise from Nottingham. Not quite sure what he does in the Conservative Party, probably just a very keen activist. Maybe he'll get a role on the NUCA committee next year, who knows?

Back with Geoffrey Van Orden wearing out the leather on the streets of Thetford. Tom has been to all the edges and now the centre of the Eastern region.

Tom was joined by Mark Prisk MP to campaign in Ware, Hertfordshire. I wonder who 'Keith Ian' is.

And finally Tom visited Welwyn Garden City which was built by Ebenezer Howard in the 1920s. Tom enjoyed some chicken tikka and rice in a break before he ventured out on the campaign trail again.

As you can see Tom has been very busy. It would be a shame not to vote for someone who has worked so hard. I really want to see hard work rewarded so please vote Conservative this Thursday.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Meeting And Greeting People In Nottingham South

Yesterday and the day before I was out with many of the other Nottingham South Conservatives speaking to local people and community leaders.

On Wednesday we were out in Wollaton doing more surveys to ask residents if they had any problems they wanted their great local Conservative councillors and Jane Hunt to solve. One issue that was raised was that of pavements which have never really properly been looked after by the City Council. However, both Tory councillors Georgina and Eileen managed to get some money to repair the pavements for the area outside the shops on Arleston Drive. We thus posed for the above group photo there to check out the handiwork of the paths.

Jane with Cllr Georgina Culley next to the play park near .

Georgina also showed us a children's play park she had managed to get renovated in 2009 by using grants which boosted already existing money for Nottingham play areas. However, this move was weirdly opposed by the local Labour party despite the play ground having not been repaired for decades beforehand. No idea why they opposed it by hey ho Georgina got it fixed, well done to her.

Yesterday I went to a great event organised by the Conservative Muslim Forum in the Bombay Nights Restaurant, who treated us to a very nice curry. Jane and other local Conservatives got together to meet key players in the local Muslim community and Justice Minister Shailesh Vara MP. Brendan Clarke Smith, who is the 5th on the list Conservative MEP candidate also came. Jane and the Nottingham Tories are very keen to get as many people as possible from all walks of life out helping to bring about a Conservative majority government. In Britain under this Government it doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from you can succeed with hard work. This is one of the greatest things I like about the Conservative Party.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Voting Time For The Euros

Today I sent off my postal vote for the European elections and surprise, surprise I voted for the Conservatives.

A very long list of choices.

With such large constituencies for the Euro elections the ballot paper was over a foot long. Parties such as the 'harmony party' we're appearing on the ballot to try make a break through into politics. Another interesting new party is called 'An Independence From Europe'. This party is filled with all the cast offs from UKIP who now hate the party for a large number of reasons. Furthermore the party is first on the ballot paper, a cunning use of 'an' when it wasn't really needed. I bet UKIP are very happy with this.

So why am I voting for the Conservatives? As many you will know I do not like the European Union in its current state. In fact if I had a choice I'd definitely leave the EU now. I'm not really worried about immigration, although there are some problems there, what I worry about is trade. We are essentially in a European cartel which barely trades with anyone outside of Europe. Not a good idea when the European economy is shrinking faster than a mock Nick Clegg in a Labour party political broadcast. The future is global trade and we need to embrace that if we want to continue to have a high standard of living in this country.

Thank god then the Conservatives will let me have a say on Europe. I, like a very large portion of the population, have never had a vote on a signal thing about the EU. It's time I am allowed, with the rest of Britain, to tell politicians what I think. We should back this referendum en masse to make sure it happens. A vote for UKIP in the Euros is not going to make sure Dave has this referendum even more. He wants to and will do it. All it will mean is worse MEPs in Brussels which will be brilliant when it comes to trying to re-negotiate and maybe leave the EU. A worse position for Britain all around.

I've done a fair bit of campaigning for the Euros with two of my friends who are both 5th on the Conservative list to become MEPs. Tom Hunt, in the East, and Brendan, in the East Midlands, have been very active in trying to get people to vote for the Conservatives.

Tom out campaigning in Peterborough.

Brendan at the pub in Wollaton.

So what are the Conservatives chances of doing well in these elections? Well don't get your hopes up, despite my impassioned plea a lot of people will still be voting UKIP. Why? It's a protest and people never care about European elections very much. People in an office very far away make decisions not many people have influence over so its seen an election that doesn't really count (although considering the up and coming referendum it really does this time). The Conservatives have been third in most of the polls. However, recently things have got better with an ICM poll putting us first on 27%, I was very surprised. Maybe Labours terrible EU campaign and a bit of a re-invigoration of what the Tories are doing is making a difference?

Perhaps then things are picking up. I doubt we'll win but it does seem the message of only the Conservatives can offer you a referendum on the EU is working. Please go out there and vote Conservative to bring this goal closer.

Out Campaigning Across The Country

If you're a keen reader of my blog I bet you have been very disappointed and possibly close to suicide with the lack of activity over the last week. But don't worry, I haven't died, I have just been very busy campaigning up and down the country.

Last weekend I was in Newark helping out with the parliamentary by-election there. Working with the local Newark CF and nationally with Colonel Cooper I am trying to get a good presence in the area for CFers. I hope with the election day countdown approaching people from London, Manchester and Birmingham will come and help.

Myself and Oliver Rainbow the Newark CF Chair.

The Newark candidate is Robert Jenrick who is currently very busy travelling across the whole of the very large constituency of Newark. Our campaigning paths crossed last Monday in the beautiful village of Normanton where he met several locals and delivered lots of his local newspapers.

That same day I also met the leader of the Conservative group on Bassetlaw council, Keith Izzard. Bassetlaw council elects in thirds and Keith's seat is one chosen this year to be up for election. Keith seems a great councillor who has done a lot in the community. He was born in the ward and has stayed there for the large part of his life, if not all. He also knows the best pubs to go to for a lunchtime break.

On the Monday I also went campaigning in Tuxford with Therese Coffey MP, one of the first MPs to come to Newark. We started out doing some canvassing and later in the day switched to deliveries. We got the whole of the town covered which was very good going for our small team. I was also present when Therese got bit by a dog, which resulted in national headlines on the BBC.

I genuinely hope that our efforts will pay off and that Robert Jenrick will be elected to serve the people of Newark. Robert is hard working whilst the UKIP candidate, Roger Helmer, is not.

I suspect this picture will be put on many leaflets about UKIP in Newark.
Later on in the week I went back to Wisbech to help in the Roman Bank by-election against the local UKIP threat. You'll be pleased to know we won and achieved a swing from UKIP in comparison to the county elections last year when they won the seat. From what I saw people beginning to become fed up with UKIP locally because they are doing stupid stuff. This includes voting against a local train station*, wanting to charge for parking in the market square, bullying adopted children, using racial slurs at a fire station and being guilty of benefit fraud to mention a few things. It's a very long list of cock ups. Also it's virtually impossible to contact the UKIP county councillors by email, letter or carrier pigeon. No wonder the electorate are turning away from them.

Sam is a friend of mine and I know she will do a lot of work for all the villages in the area. This is why I did lots of extra campaigning for her until the sun went down on the days leading up to the by-election. It's great to see all our hard work paid off.

Photo courtesy of the Wisbech Standard.

These were the results:

Clark, Samantha (Con) 763

Lay, Alan (UKIP) 537

Diggle, Barry (Lab) 193

Murat, Erbie (Ind) 70

Court, Stephen (Lib Dem) 24

Turn out: 29.7 pc

Photo courtesy of the Wisbech Standard.

*A universally popular idea in Wisbech.