Friday, February 21, 2014

At action days, let them eat cake

Tomorrow we will be having our next action day in Blaydon constituency (and a bit of Gateshead constituency). Members will be out campaigning in Dunston Hill, Lobley Hill and Whickham. Each ward has its own leaflets and letters to delivery and there will be some door knocking as well. Events kick off at 10am. As usual, there will be food provided for helpers. I was drafted in to provide cake. Lots of cake. David has just finished baking them!

Of the wards in the area, one is Whickham South and Sunniside (my ward) which has a strong Lib Dem majority. The 2nd is Whickham North which is Lib Dem held but where the majority over Labour is small. The 3rd is Dunston Hill and Whickham East which is split 2 Labour and 1 Lib Dem. We won there last time so it is one of the Labour councillors up for election in May. This will be the most closely fought of the 4 wards though Labour seem to be doing a superb imitation of the invisible man in the ward with no noticeable activity so far this year. We are not being complacent however - which is why we are out tomorrow campaigning in the ward.

The final ward is Lobley Hill and Bensham which is normally a rock solid Labour seat but which we nearly won after a 3 month campaign in 2006. More recently it reverted back to being strongly Labour but we have a history of campaigning there which we are not going to give up easily. As we won Dunston Hill ward last time, and retained Whickham North with an improved though still marginal majority, to some extend the pressure on us is less so we are putting much more into Lobley Hill. It will be interesting to see what happens in May.

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