Hooray! Just 2 weeks to go and its all over bar the counting and shouting. Here in Gateshead the postal votes arrived today so we did a local election knock up this evening of supporters, soft Cons, soft Labour and Ukippers. Those who had indicated some kind of UKIP leaning in the past were quite interesting. They now seem to be plumping for us locally and UKIP nationally. Just as interesting was the soft Labour vote. Some of it has gone to UKIP in the Parliamentary election. Some of it has come to us locally. Some of it has firmed up for Labour, though is smaller amounts that I would have expected.
Tomorrow is the second and last hustings meeting of the Blaydon campaign. It will be held in Rowlands Gill. It will be interesting to see if the UKIP and Green candidates turn up. They were absent from the hustings in Birtley last month.
Two weeks from now we should be in the Blaydon count. And as soon as that's over, we go straight into the local election count. It will be a long night.