The Blue Blog

June 18, 2009

 

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I am now writing for the Conservative party’s Blue Blog in my capacity as the CF Area Chairman. I will be posting regular updates every fortnight on what CF is doing here in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, as well as commenting on issues that are affecting our area. Here is my first post:

Well it’s certainly been a busy time in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, with the recent County Council and EU elections earlier this month. As the Conservative Future (CF) Area Chairman I have been actively engaged in the campaigns across the counties, helping our candidates, and meeting the different CF groups. Because of this I  though it would be a good idea to use my first post on the blog to give you a brief insight into the work CF has been doing across the counties.

During the elections CF delivered thousands of leaflets and knocked on countless doors across the counties, and as a result we helped to achieve some great results. I must start by saying that I was extremely impressed by the commitment and dedication of all our members, and I would like to thank everyone who helped out during these crucial elections. Even if you only helped out for a couple of hours it was all very much appreciated.

I think it’s fair to say that the campaign was tiring but extremely rewarding, as we achieved a net gain of 16 County Councillors, strengthening further, our position on the councils. As for the EU elections we managed to increase our share of the vote by 3.8% in the East Midlands, which was by far the largest increase of the Conservative vote in any UK region.

If these elections have demonstrated anything they have shown that CF has become an extremely effective campaigning force. There is nothing that disheartens our opponents more than seeing car loads of CF members arrive at a target seat and blanket it with leaflets. One thing is for certain, we are ready for a general election, whenever it comes, so come on Gordon Brown, call that election.

James Deighton

 Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland CF Area Chairman

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Congratulations Conservatives

June 9, 2009

 

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We at LUCF were very busy during the county and EU elections, campaigning across Leicestershire we delivered hundreds of leaflets and knocked on countless doors. The results were great we had a net gain of five county seats and increased our share of the EU vote by 3.8 %, which was the largest in any UK region. In NW Leicestershire where we spent most of our time we picked up three seats off Labour and narrowly missed out in another, which was the best result in the county.  

I was at the county council count in NW Leicestershire and the East Midlands EU count in Leicester and the atmosphere was something to savour as the results came in and we picked up our target seats.

It was a shame we did not pick up a third conservative MEP in the region, but it was always going to be an uphill struggle to get Rupert Matthews elected when the region was stripped of one of its seats. We at LUCF would like to congratulate all our new conservative county councillors and Roger Helmer and Emma McClarkin on their election to the EU parliament.


We must take on the BNP

June 9, 2009

 

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Last week was a dark week for UK politics as it saw the election of the first BNP MEPs and county councillors. It was especially sad as it came at a time when we commemorated the sacrifices that our veterans made 65 years ago during the D-Day landings. They fought against the forces of fascism and intolerance to create a better world for the rest of us, what a way to honour that sacrifice.

So why did the BNP do so well this week? The reality is that the BNP’s gains this week have come as a direct result of the failures of the Labour party, and as their voters abandoned them, many turned to the national socialists of the BNP. I was at the count in NW Leicestershire last Friday, where the BNP won the county council seat of Coalville. This is an old mining town with deep Labour and trade union traditions, it is not a hotbed of Conservatism but we put in a good show, increased our vote and finished second. The problem was that Labour’s vote just collapsed, it practically halved and the BNP came from almost nowhere to pick up the seat.

Standing by and hoping the BNP would just go away is no longer an option, in fact it has been disastrous. By not giving the BNP a platform, they can claim to be as Nick Griffin said; “victims” and they are left to freely peddle their lies to the electorate without proper scrutiny. I am not saying that people who voted BNP this week did not know they were voting for a racist, fascist party, but if their views are not challenged then people think that these views are acceptable or that they are not that bad.

A new approach is therefore needed to tackle the BNP. The no platform policy advocated by the left is just as lazy as their labelling of the BNP as “far-right.” All parties, but especially the Labour party have failed vast swathes of the white, working class vote and they have come to the conclusion that they have nowhere to turn but into the arms of the extremists. Most people who voted BNP are more than anything frustrated with the government, they just want to be listened to, and they want action on things like jobs and immigration which they care deeply about.

We can no longer pretend that there is not a problem, as I have said the BNP will not go away, but we must take away the electorates reasons for voting for them. The best way to defeat the BNP is to tackle thorny issues like immigration and expose the BNP in the media. I think the best way to turn people against the BNP is to get people like Nick Griffin on the TV as much as possible, and then taking their arguments to pieces, bit by bit. When questioned about his views in interviews Griffin always makes himself look like a complete p***.  

The BNP are completely abhorrent and their vile ideology needs to be tackled head on. There are no ifs and buts about it, the BNP are the British Nazi party. Their ideology is no different to Hitler’s or Mussolini’s and their continued advance would lead to the same results. It was Edmund Burke who said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” and I for one will not stand idly by as a bunch of skin heads in suits abuse our political system in an attempt to destabilise our nation.


Get out & vote for change!

June 4, 2009

 

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Now is a despondent time in politics, with the expenses saga and the festering moribund remnants of Brown’s government lingering in Westminster.

Today our job is to show voters, one final time, that not all political parties are the same. Politics doesn’t have to be the continuous erosion of liberty and sovereignty that Labour has made it. Nor does one have to vote for extremist parties to trigger change. Today is when politicians have no choice but to stop talking and truly listen to the electorate – so let us make sure Brown hears, loud and clear, what Britons think of him.

There is a better, brighter future for Britain. There is a post-Labour world to be attained, and all people have to do is vote for it. We’ve spent the last few weeks gathering pledges in every constituency. We know where our support is, and so, for one final time this campaign, we urge you all to join your fellow Conservative Future activists on the streets of our great nation.

It’s finally polling day so get out there and vote for the change we so desperately need.


Iceberg Dead Ahead

June 2, 2009

 

It seems that today the Labour party has come to the crushing realisation that they are in for a hammering on Thursday and that the general election – when it comes – is all but lost. The rats are leaving the sinking ship days before the election results are even known. How can the Government expect people to have faith in its ability to govern when they themselves express such doubts? 

Today brought the news of a speight of resignations and retirements:

  • First David Chaytor (Bury North) announced his intention to quit at the election;
  • Then Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West) followed suit;
  • She was followed by Children’s minister Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston);
  • Then came the news at lunchtime that Jacqui Smith will resign at the reshuffle expected to take place on Monday;
  • And news broke mid-afternoon that Cabinet Minister Tom Watson also wants to return to the backbenches next week.

Gordon Brown has quite clearly lost any remaining control or authority that he had, like a security guard at a rock concert he has literally being pushed aside and trampled under foot in the rush by the PLP to escape the inevitable. The ensuing reshuffle that will follow this great escape will be as fruitless as rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.


Inside the Tory war room

April 28, 2009

 

The Tories have just launched the first in their new series of “War room Briefings”; videos which go behind-the-scenes of their campaign operation. In the first video Eric Pickles shows us round the CCHQ “war room” as it gears up for the county council and EU elections. It’s not too serious but it is good viewing for us political anoraks. I can’t imagine Labour doing a similar video, god knows what happens at Labour HQ, but I bet it’s not too dissimilar to the thick of it.

 

UPDATE – On second thoughts if Labour produced a similar style video it would probably resemble that famous scene from Downfall.