My two ward colleagues, Marilynn Ord and John McClurey, arrived at my house this morning for a quick tour of the area and photo session for our next Focus leaflet. Marilynn said she had just received a call from a local resident who was furious with the Conservative leaflet and was angry that their candidate was posing as a local guy. The resident had tried to contact him but all she got was an answering machine.
What Marilynn didn't realise was that the Tory is from Tunbridge Wells, not exactly a neighbourhood in or close to Blaydon constituency. (More than 400km separate the two areas.) I understand Marilynn is now heading home to get back on the phone to tell the resident precisely where Tory "Blaydon Born And Bred" Candidate actually lives!
Anyway, we did our tour of the ward, took our photos, met the headteacher of Sacred Heart School in Byermoor village and got some fresh air in Sunniside and Byermoor Parks. Then I headed back home where I found the local delivery company had put through the door leaflets for cavity wall insulation, local taxis and, yes, the Conservative candidate. The only problem is that it is the same Conservative leaflet that was delivered last week by a commercial company. As I wrote recently, Conservative leaflets are like buses: you wait ages for one to come along, and then a load arrive at the same time!
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