I blogged recently about a possibly Tory smoke and mirrors campaign in Blaydon constituency in which the Tories appear to be delivering their latest leaflet only to the homes of Lib Dem councillors. We think the aim is convince us they are putting in a campaign here when the reality is somewhat different. Well, I can report that more of my fellow councillors have received the Tory leaflet but none of their neighbours did!
For those not in the know, Blaydon is a marginal Labour held constituency with a 5000 majority over the Lib Dems. The Tories got only 8% last time. There are no Conservative Councillors in the constituency. The last time a Conservative was elected to Gateshead Council here was in 1984. They held on to the then Whickham South ward by 25 votes over us. In the following election we won the seat with a majority of around 700. The year after that we won the 2nd seat from the Tories with a majority of 856 ( I remember it specifically as I was the winning candidate!) The rest is history, or rather The Tories are history here. In my ward in the last elections, the Tories got 9%, and that in a ward where a generation ago, they used to get over 50%.
The point is that the Tories here were finished years ago. Their choice of a Parliamentary candidate who lives in Kent is not inspiring confidence amongst Tory voters.
Meanwhile, Labour weakness in the constituency is adding an interesting ingredient into the battle.