Monday, March 22, 2010

Over the Edge and over the border

Friday night saw Ros and I in a rather fine inn just outside Craven Arms for an evening dinner in support of Heather Kidd's campaign to regain Ludlow from the Conservatives. The national swing might have made this seem unlikely, until an unexpected intervention from the former Conservative MP for the seat, Christopher Gill, who has announced that he will be fighting the seat for UKIP. All of a sudden. a 2,000 Conservative majority seems to be less than comfortable, and Heather and her team are determined to push them all the way to the finish line, all of which made the evening all the more interesting.

It also helped that the Crown Country Inn in Munslow was the venue, and a fantastic meal was served. As regular readers will be aware, I take my pork very seriously, and the belly pork was particularly fine, perfectly cooked with proper crackling.

A good night's sleep was followed by a trip over Wenlock Edge and up the A49 to Wrexham, where we were going to take part in some campaigning in that Welsh target seat. The rain kindly held off as Tom Rippeth, the local PPC, Bill Brereton, our candidate in nearby Delyn, and Eleanor Burnham, the energetic Assembly Member for North Wales, and a team of activists handed out leaflets in the pedestrian area in the middle of the town, before a quick lunch and a trip out to Marford to do some canvassing in a ward which we won by just one vote last time.

I found some support for Liberal Democrats, including a few who vote Conservative nationally and Liberal Democrat locally. It may well be that persuading them to vote Liberal Democrat nationally is the key to winning seats off of Labour. Vote Conservative, get Labour anybody?

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