Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Razorlight, Sunshine and Canvassing
Tonight I am casting aside rock-star envy and am back out canvassing in St Mary’s, identifying our supporters and speaking to local people. It looks like a fine evening out, so at least I won’t have to contend with wind and rain. Maybe the summer’s evening will also mean that people won’t be settling down all snug and warm in front of the TV at the precise moment that I knock on their door. This seems to happen quite frequently, and sometimes I see through the window the chaos I cause as cushions are strewn over floors, cats are slung from laps, and TV dinners are flung out into the middle of rooms when people get up to answer the door. To these people (and cats) I can only apologise for the disruption, but promise that it will hopefully be worth it in the long-run!
Today the nominations for the local elections closed and the polling notices for Bury were released. The three candidates in St Mary’s ward are Richard Baum for the Liberal Democrats Focus Team (that’s me), Keith Grime for the Labour Party, and Stephen Morris for the Conservative Party. No matter which of us wins, I hope it’s a campaign free of the negativity of past years, and one that is fought fairly and based on issues that matter to the people of the ward. That’s what this blog is about, and I think it will serve to make this year’s campaign the first ever where there are daily updates for voters and a real opportunity to communicate with a candidate. I will answer any questions people have, and look forward to talking to as many of you on this site and my Facebook campaign page as possible.