Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Candidate Priorities

From the blog: Antoine Tinnion, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Hexham in 2010 general election

Sunday began with an outing to Shiremoor to hear John Prescott speak in support of a fourth Labour term and to campaign on behalf of excellent local Tynemouth MP, Alan Campbell.

Nice to see that he realises that the best way to save the country from the Tories is to campaign in a marginal and not waste his time “outside the marginals”.  He even got his photograph taken with the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the background.

The amount of campaigning required to “turn” Hexham (which has been Tory since 1924) could help defend many Labour marginals or even turn over several Conservative marginals.

Its a pity that’s the way the world is; it would be nice to think that all votes are equal.

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2 thoughts on “Candidate Priorities

  1. From the blog: Antoine Tinnion, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Hexham in 2010 general election

    On my blog, commentator “outsidethemarginals” has raised the issue of whether Hexham is still a safe Tory seat. I think the answer’s no, here’s why:

    (1) The sitting Tory’s MP’s majority here is c.5,000 – and majorities that small get overturned all the time at general elections.
    (2) At this election, a long-standing Tory incumbent is retiring to be replaced by a candidate who’s got no local roots, only a local address.
    (3) No-one knows what impact the MPs expenses scandal will have.
    (4) No-one knows what impact the Independent candidate will have.
    (5) This is the most internet/online general election campaign yet, and there many be many people (eg, younger voters) who decide how to vote based on online activities/research who are outside/ underneath the normal political radar.

    The LibDem candidate has described this constituency as a 3-way marginal. While I’m not sure about that, one thing’s for sure – we shall find out the answer in a few weeks time!

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