Nigel Fletcher - Dale & Co.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Taking to the streets
On Saturday David Gold and the Conservative campaign team set up stall in Eltham Town Centre. The Labour Party and Clive Efford were also there, and it was good to be able to take our case to the streets and for the choice at the election to be on show, as we handed out our respective leaflets and talked to shoppers. If elections were won with balloons, I think we had the upper hand, and I must confess I got some satisfaction from the fact that Labour packed up after a few hours and left us to it. Our campaign has real momentum, and there was a good level of support from passers-by, who raised issues from litter bins to nuclear weapons.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Conservative manifesto was launched today with an event at the old Battersea Power Station. I was there, along with a number of fellow Greenwich activists, to hear the compelling case for giving power back to the people, the vision behind the manifesto's title "Invitation to join the Government of Britain".
Afterwards, we headed back to Eltham, where the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, joined David Gold for some campaigning in Eltham North. It was a glorious day, and we got a really good response, with one lady telling me she would vote Conservative because Labour have failed, and it was time for something new. "But" she added "I won't vote for you again if you mess up". I was able to show her the manifesto and told her to make sure she held us to it. After the way people were let down by this government, it's important they can have confidence Conservatives will deliver what we say. The positive vision outlined today gives me renewed faith that will be the case.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
A fantastically energetic and productive day in Eltham yesterday, with teams out in every Council ward, and support from the LGBTory group. I spent the morning in Eltham North with my colleague Councillor Dermot Poston and activists (above), before a stop for lunch in New Eltham, then an afternoon in Shooters Hill with our council candidates there. We were joined there by our parliamentary candidate David Gold, and Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction, James Brokenshire MP. The lovely sunny weather and positive reaction on the doorstep made it a great first weekend of the campaign.
Campaigners from across Eltham meet for lunch in New Eltham
Shooters Hill candidate Maureen Burgess (left) campaigning with James Brokenshire MP and David Gold
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Day one of the campaign saw lots of activity in Eltham, with activists at all the main stations handing out leaflets and talking to commuters as they came home from work. Labour MP Clive Efford and his pals were also there, standing right in front of the exit in a frankly rather intimidating way!
This Labour bunch didn't seem very happy, and oddly, none were wearing red rosettes. Shamefully, their leaflets were designed to look like Conservative literature, using the same shade of blue, and with a big picture of David Cameron and George Osborne on the front, and a set of negative attacks. Many commuters were confused, having to look twice at what they'd been given when we handed them a "real" Conservative leaflet with the positive reasons to vote for change.
After about an hour Mr Efford and his team gave up, and walked off. I asked him why it was that our leader rather than his was on his literature. "You'll find Gordon on all my leaflets" he replied (although the Prime Minister was relegated to a small picture on the back on the ones he'd just been handing out). "And on the side of our campaign office" added one of his colleagues. Indeed he is - and I hope the thought of five more years of him will weigh heavy on all who see it.
With a bit of luck this will be a sign of things to come. Yesterday morning, as the Cabinet gathered in Downing Street ahead of Gordon Brown's announcement of the election date, I walked past on my way to work. Along came Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who marched up to the gate. Unfortunately the policeman on duty had wandered off for a moment, leaving the Lord High Chancellor of all England and Wales vainly rattling the handle before having to call for help.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Even before Gordon Brown had officially called the election, we were up and ready to do battle in Eltham. I went for a very early breakfast at the Tudor Barn with David Gold and other members of our campaign team, including my fellow council candidates Adam Thomas and Matt Clare (Eltham South) and Maureen Burgess (Shooters Hill). As David says on his website, the perfect way to start our campaign. Today was the first day the Tudor Barn has opened early for breakfast, and I highly recommend it!