Saturday, January 21, 2017

Super Saturday


Many thanks to all those who came to support Copeland Conservatives today whether from within the constituency, other parts of Cumbria and the North West, or from much further afield.

We had four ministers, fourteen MPs in total, well over a hundred activists campaigning across Copeland in lovely weather in one of the most beautiful constituencies in the country.

From Keswick ...



to Egremont ...






to Millom ...



and around the constituency ...







we had a great day's campaigning, which lived up to the name of Super Saturday.

This election is going to be close. Stories planted in the press by Labour sources to the effect that their canvass returns suggest that they are going to lose and might even come fourth should not be taken entirely at face value. These briefings partly reflect expectations management and partly a civil war in the Labour party between the Corbyn/Momentum faction and their bitter enemies, with each faction trying to take the credit for good results and blame the other for failures.

But these "leaks" are an exaggerated version of what we too are finding on the doorstep - Copeland Labour is losing support because Jeremy Corbyn is not seen as a credible Prime Minister and people are very worried by his views on nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Labour's "Project Fear" tactics have energised some of those who were always going to vote for them, but possibly not enough. Meanwhile Conservative support is holding up.

There really is absolutely everything to play for and every bit of effort, every vote could count.

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