Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Copeland campaign continues

Just got back from some leaflet delivery in Bransty this evening, finishing off some bits and pieces left over from delivery sessions earlier in the week.

The rain from earlier in the day had stopped, there was a bright full moon and it was actually quite pleasant.

As of yesterday 31 Conservative MPs had visited Copeland since the present representative announced his intention to resign, some of them more than once, and the number of activists who have been to help us is well into three figures with more expected over the next few weeks.

There is a positive buzz about the Conservative activity in the constituency, even though the forthcoming by-election has not been called and we are technically still in what political parties sometimes call "peacetime" e.g. the period between elections.

Reaction when survey canvassing on the doorstep has been friendly.

Here are some of the people who have been to campaign with us, and yes, some of the people shown are from Copeland and more are from the rest of Cumbria although others have come from all over the country. We are grateful to those who travelled for five minutes, those from the rest of Cumbria who generally had an hour each way to travel, and those from the rest of Britain who often had a very long trip indeed!

I think this article in Conservative Home paints a representative picture of how many people in Whitehaven see the issues in the Copeland constituency. Though as someone who regularly has to travel between Whitehaven to London I agree that the rail fares are expensive but have never paid anything like £322 for a return ticket. Granted, I usually drive to Penrith and catch a train from there.

The forthcoming by-election is shaping up to be one of the most exciting contests for years, and probably an even closer one than the last general election in this seat turned out to be.

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