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Saturday, April 04, 2015

VOTE FOR ME! and me! and me! Peterborough deserves better than this...

WE thought the piece by Tom Hunt (SCROLL DOWN) was worth running, and they are supporters of the Conservatives! Following Stewarts recent meltdown over the 'Don't bother me' letter having hugely upset the Gay community ( He voted against the gay marriage bill) and his insane policy of being downright rude and blocking hundreds of people on both Twitter and Facebook, his current position is looking weak if only Labour parliamentary candidate Lisa Forbes would start proper campaigning and tell us what she really stands for. Needs a bit of fire in her belly!

Not simply trotting out secondhand policy cranked out from the distant Labour press machine. She has to raise her game, still she isn't helped by Ed Milibands recent TV appearances. Not Prime Minister material but there again former TV Company PR man old Etonian David Cameron is currently squatting in No.10 so anything is possible!

Whoever gets in expect massive cuts and contrary to what the Tories would have us believe, there is no long term plan, and they have yet to account for some £8billion shortfall. The say they have the solution, but will only let on once they are elected!

Lisa Forbes will also have to face down the recent jailing of one of her officers on child sex offences. Luckily for her election campaign the next person being investigated on a very serious matter (claim local Labour Party sources) is none other than Community Champion Kevin Bell (innocent until proven guilty) he has an appointment in mid May with police, well after the election! Someone at Thorpe Wood is clearly batting for Lisa...

Stewart you will recall also fell out with the Dear Leader Marco Cereste (another Tory) and called for his resignation over the solar panels debacle, and Marcos spending of borrowed public money like water, on a variety of duff vanity projects, and things that don't work (the Cereste Memorial Fountains, the abortion that is Bridge Street - a good place for retail businesses to fail... ) 

It cannot be rocket science to unseat Marco and his happy band of Tory robotically voting brigands with Marco pulling all the strings. If everyone who is registered to vote actually uses their vote, then we would see a more representative selection of councillors and some who will stand up to the likes of political bullies.

Dumping Stewart Jackson as the MP for part of Peterborough clearly won't be missed by the Tory high commend. Stewart was sitting on the back benches and bearing the stigma of being an ex Lloyds Bank Manager (Oh Yes!).We could also do with a MP/Minister batting for the City of Peterborough before the Unitary Authority gets swallowed up by the County; The City Council consigned to history...still it would mean we get fresh thinking and the financial scraps from the Cambridge table. Investment funding is pouring into that City whilst we seem to be opening up mass produced format cafes and yet more Pizza cafes.  Simply potential big ticket investors in this City have to go through Marcos office...... his way or the highway. 

The voters in Stanground are being poorly served by the former Stanground gang of councillors. Don't think we've seen so much activity in CARDEA by the Stanground Tories who are trying to shoehorn a retired Northern Ireland policeman into the Stanground Central seat vacated in the last few days by Irene Walsh. Perhaps white caravan owning Cllr Turnip (aka Cllr? Harper Stanground East) should take the hint, and accept our thanks for five wasted years and follow the Irene Walsh example and retire?

Views From The Ground: The Battle For Peterborough

In this edition of ‘Views From The Ground’, Parliament Street’s Tom Hunt, outlines his thoughts and findings from a recent campaign day with Stewart Jackson. Stewart Jackson is the Conservative Candidate for Peterborough. 

Last Saturday I paid a visit to Peterborough for Stewart Jackson’s campaign launch. I have long been an admirer of Stewart, he is a formidable local campaigner and a sound conservative on many of the big issues of the day.
What is more, Peterborough is a key seat, though not a 40/40 seat, it is certainly a marginal one and a Conservative victory is far from assured. Stewart was first elected in 2005, gaining the seat from Labour, initially with a majority of 2,730. Stewart retained his seat in 2010 and now sits on a majority of just under 5,000 (4,861).
Peterborough parliamentary constituency encompasses the majority of urban Peterborough, however, not all of it. Whilst an MEP candidate last May I ended up campaigning in the part of urban Peterborough that falls under Shailesh Vara’s North West Cambridgeshire constituency. Stewart’s seat also encompasses the villages of Thorney & Eye. These are solidly Conservative villages and are a contributing factor in explaining why Peterborough is a marginal seat, as opposed to a knife edged seat. Electoral calculus estimates that in the May 2010 election 1,263 Eye & Thorney residents backed Stewart as opposed to the 380 who backed Labour.
On a non-political note, Thorney is a stunning village possessing one of the oldest Abbey’s in the country, it is truly stunning and certainly worth a visit.
Generally speaking, Peterborough has not received the same level of attention from  Conservative Campaign Headquarters as many other seats –certainly not the primary 40/40 seats– tending to suggest they are of the view that is is pretty secure. Labour however, appear to have other ideas. A month ago it was reported in the Peterborough Telegraph that the hedge fund manager Martin Taylor had donated £600,000 towards the Labour campaign to take the seat.
What is more, though there has not been any Ashcroft polls, a number of others have pointed to this being a close race. Electoral calculus estimates that Stewart will secure 37.8% of the  vote relative to Labour’s 34.5% , securing a majority of approx 1,500. The New Statesman May 2015 election website currently predicts that Stewart will win by a majority of 1.17%, however, at times over the past week Peterborough has come in under the Labour column.
It is hard to draw too much from recent local election results, though the Conservative majority at the council has fallen since May 2010 to the point where though there is still a Conservative Leader it is has lost its majority at the Town Hall falling into no overall control, this is not uncommon for a Party who is in Government. Too often mid term local elections and European elections are seen as an opportunity to kick the Government of the day. Moreover, Peterborough unitary authority area does not mirror Stewart’s constituency, it takes in part of the North West Cambs parliamentary constituency.
Knowing Peterborough, and knowing Stewart, I cannot help but feel that his seat is more secure than these numbers suggest. Not only do these polls downplay the inbuilt advantages incumbents have, they also downplay the affection within which Stewart is held by thousands of his constituents, many who whom with another Conservative candidate might be tempted to cast their vote for UKIP. This article by Sky News Deputy Political Editor, Joey Jones, expands on this point further.
Stewart is a solid eurosceptic and and has evidenced clearly over his time as an MP that he is independent minded and not afraid of speaking his own mind and putting his constituents first.  The sense I get is that a great many of Stewart’s constituents recognize this and appreciate it. In an era where the electorate are becoming increasingly weary of spin and candidates trotting out the same out Party lines Stewart can certainly claim to be unspun and authentic.
Stewart Jackson is fighting to regain Peterborough
What about Stewart’s Labour opponent, Lisa Forbes PPC? Let’s just say, after conducting some brief online research  and having seen a couple of her leaflets whilst campaigning last Saturday, I have not warmed to her. Her website is largely full of meaningless platitudes and irritating comments  like ‘Unlike Peterborough’s Tory MP, I live in the real world. I am not a Westminster politician”, what does she even mean by this?
What is also interesting is that there is no “about me” section to her website and there is no indication of what her profession/job is or has been. Yes she seems like quite a nice person (makes a change from the previous candidate Ed Murphy), it is great that she is a mother of four, however, is she of the calibre to be an effective MP? perhaps not. Perhaps the AWS under which the Labour candidate was selected goes someway to explaining the quality of the candidate? It would be inappropriate for me to comment any more, I have not met her and have only looked conducted some brief research, however, what is clear is that she needs to work on her website.
On the whole, the sense I get is that we have many reasons to be confident that Peterborough will remain blue. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Stewart holding the seat. However, it could well be tight, the Labour campaign is well financed and they seem to think they might be able to pull of a surprise in a seat that has at times not attracted the same interest and attention as many other marginal seats.
Stewart is a great MP and is supporting by a fantastic welcoming team, to all Conservative activists out there who want to make a difference, Peterborough is certainly worth a visit.
‘Views From The Ground’ aims to bring news and views from those fighting the campaign for a Conservative majority, on the ground.

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