Rupert Matthews is one of our East Midlands Conservative MEP candidates and he has written an update on the doorstep campaign which you can read in full on ConservativeHome. I have reproduced some of the article here but please do read the full version.
“It has been a real rollercoaster of a ride these past few weeks on the campaign trail. We got off to a flying start with successful campaign launches in each county and effective campaigning from every association – then everything got overtaken by the whole expenses thing. I won’t bother rehearsing what has been going on with that as I am sure that most readers have been out on the doorstep and know full well the strong feelings of the public.
It would seem that most anger – and abuse – is coming from voters who are not firm Conservative pledges. This would bear out my own anecdotal evidence on the doorsteps. In safe Conservative seats I have had considerably less abuse than in marginals. Is it that Conservative voters are more impressed by David Cameron than are Labour voters by Gordon Brown? Or are naturally Conservative people less inclined to have a rant at a canvasser? Who knows?
What does seem clear is that the picture is rather more complicated that the newspapers would have us believe. There would seem to be all to play for. But then, I am a candidate. Maybe I am being too optimistic, or pessimistic.”