Safety First Campaign – Can it Last?

I am finding this ‘election campaign’ quite tedious already. This is mainly because the Tories strategy of hiding May away and announcing no policies makes it dull for those who like me are wanting to watch every twist and turn and work out what it means. As Marina Hide outlines in this excellent article this…

How Will This Play Out? No Predictions Yet.

I recall going into the 1997 and 2001 & 2005 elections as confident as you can be about winning given the polling and analysis of our constant voter contact work. Until the 2015 election I had been able to predict our local results within 500 votes at every election. However, there was always the fear…

No I won’t be Running

Although I have no intention of running in any election I am quite flattered that people still ask if I will do it! I think anybody who knows me understands why I would not be running for a marginal seat under Jeremy Corbyn at this stage in my life. I was honoured to have fought…

General Election 2017

I spent the Easter weekend clearing out my garage – still full of old paperwork from when I closed down my office. I was feeling a little nostalgic for the 5 general elections I have fought, as I threw out old leaflets and newsletters. So little did I suspect today would start the #GE2017 blog…

Good Campaign Week but 21 pts Behind Tories?

I was about to finish the blog below today to explain the 21pt Labour deficit.. but as you can imagine the General Election being called for June 8th has slightly changed the news today! More to follow on that later… —–> Unfinished blog… At the end of a blitz of Policy announcments during the Easter…

At Last..how to do a policy launch

At last it seems Corbyn and his team may have briefly understood about how to work with the media (one good day is a real start!) This week you will have seen wall to wall coverage of a policy announcement. The Policy to provide free school meals for all primary school children generated lots of…