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Saturday 24 April 2010

The Forgotten Constituency – 2

As promised earlier in the week, I ventured out into Crewe today – nothing unusual there – but have to report that there was precious little campaigning going on. The weather was pleasantly mild, the sun shone, and the place was busy with shoppers as is usual on Saturday. But where were the politicians?

Ultimately, the only evidence of any campaigning was that of Labour’s David Williams, who is also on the back page (all of it) of this week’s free paper, which means his message has been delivered to over 30,000 households around the constituency.

The Williams mark was left on many potential voters (but more often their children) in the form of red balloons, marked with the Labour rose and also the name of Williams’ union Usdaw, for whom he works full time. Yes, there is a union other than Unite. The best that I can report for the Tories is that Edward Timpson’s campaign has done another round of emails.

Perhaps they, and the Lib Dems, are writing off Crewe and Nantwich as a Labour certainty. That’s another aspect of First Past The Post that means swing votes don’t count. Not perfect, is it?

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