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Ukip prepares ‘spooking’ campaign for Wythenshawe by-election

21 January 2014

4:33 PM

21 January 2014

4:33 PM

How will Ukip play the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election? As a Labour seat with a relatively large majority (Sebastian profiles the constituency here), it’s a perfect location for Nigel Farage’s party to underline its claim that it can steal discontented voters from Labour just as easily as it does from the Tories. Labour is already nervous enough to be testing out special anti-Ukip leaflets arguing Farage is not on the side of the working class.

It might have seemed a natural seat for the party’s Deputy leader Paul Nuttall to stand in. He gave a strong speech at the party’s autumn conference on how the Labour party no longer understood the working classes and that Ukip could find a natural constituency in the North (but had what even party insiders accept was a bad night on Question Time two weeks ago). But I understand that neither he nor Louise Bours, a candidate for the European elections, applied for the shortlist, contrary to rumours that they were being parachuted in. Five of the candidates on the shortlist are local and one is from London. A candidate will be announced on Thursday.

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The party’s strategy is to focus on jobs and ‘spook’ Labour into realising how capable Ukip is of eating away at their vote too. A party source says:

‘The message is that we’re taking votes from all, what we’re trying to say is that we can take votes off anybody and the more you worry Labour the better. For us, we need momentum as we’re running up to the euros, so a strong showing will strengthen the perception that we’re doing well.’

As for the Tories, they’re making clear that this is in a Labour heartland and ‘nothing less than a convincing Labour win will do’.


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  • scampy1

    Would labour posters not be better stating UKIP is not for the non working classes?

  • Daniel Maris

    For the general election the UKIP slogan has to be “Last Chance to Save Your Country”.

    For by elections it has to be “Send a Message to Westminster”.

  • Makroon

    To have a “bad night on Question Time” is a modern badge of honour.
    Nuttall seems a thoughtful bloke, compared to his smooth-talking huckster boss.
    Thoughtful blokes usually suffer when exposed to one of the BBC’s “invited audiences” AKA “baying mobs”.

    • bwims

      Since you don’t like Question Time you obviously aren’t Labour.
      How you can call Farage a “smooth-talking huckster boss” in comparison with the unctuous PR weasel of a man leading your party beggars belief!

  • HookesLaw

    UKIP might well spook the voters. Touring round Wythenshaw council estates loud-hailing people that they are going to take their benefits away is hardly a sound policy.
    UKIP used words like “a parasitic underclass of scroungers” on their website. Well they did. Try to download UKIP’s welfare policy now and you get a 404 error.

    Like a Vogue cover girl its been airbrushed in the name of popularity – otherwise known as scrubbing for the Labour vote. It all sounds very LibDem to me.

    I suppose they can always point the finger at any foreigner they can find. If there were no foreigners UKIP would have to invent them.

    • Wessex Man

      now listen here Hooky, I don’t expect you’ve been Norrth of the Watford zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • McQueue

      There’s a big difference between disagreeing with uncontrolled mass migration and pointing a finger at Foreigners. Uncontrolled mass migration does adversely affect significant sections of the British Citizen Demographic; why do you misrepresent the issue? Do you not understand it? Too subtle a differentiation in your black and white world?

  • @PhilKean1

    Do Wythenshawe voters understand these facts –

    * That unlimited immigration can’t be prevented as long as Britain remains in the EU?

    * That it has been the Tory & Labour Socialist Governments which have mismanaged the UK economy and given us £1.3 Trillion visible national debt?

    * That the 3 consensus party leaders support a Federal-EU process which intends to strip the British people of their right to decide which politicians make the laws they live by?

    * That Britain may soon be unable to pay peoples’ pensions and fund the NHS if we allow the 3 consensus party leaders to continue signing away the British peoples’ ability to take the economic decisions which guarantee their prosperity?

    * That Britain will never be able to deport foreign criminals and terrorists, and prevent new ones arriving, as long as we stay in the EU?

    The facts are clear. We can’t afford NOT to leave the EU.

    • HookesLaw

      Is this the level of your campaigning?
      The tories are proposing a referendum on the EU in 2017.
      Cannot afford pensions and the NHS?
      Deporting criminals is an issue with the ECHR which has nothing to do with the EU.
      You are a sad desperate parody.

      • @PhilKean1

        * Tories proposing a referendum in 2017 ? = Naivety must be a virtue with you.
        * Pensions and NHS? = The desperate Greek pensioner sitting on the roadside crying because the Greek Government was bankrupt and unable to pay his pensions and hospital staff’s wages would explain that it happened because the Greek people allowed their politicians to hand the EU control of their vital economic instruments.
        * Membership of the ECHR is a requirement of belonging to the EU.

        Don’t have much of a clue, do you !

        • Tony_E

          I’d say one thing for the Tories – they are backed into a corner. They cannot possibly win without offering a referendum that in the end is basically In or Out (renegotiation of the terms just decides which side of that argument they support).

          At the same time, if Labour do spectacularly collapse before 2015 (which I doubt), and the Conservatives find a returning support because the objective of a referendum becomes more realistic, they will have absolutely no choice but to go through with it, because to renege on it would be the end of the party. Not metaphorically but physically. There would be nothing but ashes left.

          • Kitty MLB

            The offer of a referendum was only a fig leaf of a promise anyway.
            The Leftie establishment which runs this country will see
            that any referendum will not be a fair debate,
            nothing but smoke and mirrors.

            • Ricky Strong

              Quite right. It is evident that many more people are now taking an interest into the role of the EU in our affairs, yet there is a dearth of programmes out there that seek to provide the information many people wish to know.

              That said, what use is a referendum when it concerns the EU, we saw how they treated Ireland, France and Denmark.

          • bwims

            Gullibility speaks. The Libs reneged on their promise of a referendum. Cameron reneged on his “cast-iron” promise of a referendum on Lisbon – he could still have had it and used it as a threat to Article 50 – last but not least, this is an ADVISORY referendum. Weasel boy will simply say, “well now I can renegotiate from a position of strength” and STILL not invoke Article 50, and the loons who voted for him will STILL do it next time because they will use the Millibogey and it will scare the sheep shirtless because they don’t know that LIBLABCON is ALL THE SAME!

  • Northerner1001

    Wythenshawe by-election: UKIP hopeful changed to ‘less foreign-sounding’ name http://read.ps/19L3PB8

    • Bert72

      And?

    • foxoles

      Like Denis McShane and Jack Straw, you mean?

    • McQueue

      Website looks like the journalistic equivalent of toilet wall graffiti – Any better references?

  • Northerner1001

    UKIP are no friends of the working class. They will erode our working rights by leaving the EU & then we’ll be at the mercy of employers to write their own & their mad ‘flat tax’ idea puts call centre workers in the same tax bracket as millionaires. Paul Nuttall makes ‘a strong speech’…to a UKIP audience, meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

    Labour will hold the seat comfortably. UKIP fantasists keep bigging up their chances but they’ve no chance of winning as they’re simply not that big in the North West.
    Paul Nuttall of UKIP isn’t standing, he took one look at the adjacent Broadheath(Trafford) result last Thursday where Labour gained from the Tories with 44.6% of the vote whilst UKIP got just 7.6%. The battle is for 2nd place & by no means is it a gimme for UKIP as they’re presuming.
    If UKIP’s strategy is to run an anti-immigrant campaign it will fail badly. It’ll be about the economy & especially the cost of living.

    I’m not underestimating UKIP,they’re doing well in many areas, but in the urban North West they’re simply not performing that well at all, This will not be the 1st MP for UKIP.

    • Alexsandr

      ooeer!. labour are rattled aren’t they? 3 posts here saying the same thing.

      • Northerner1001

        Not rattled at all, i’m simply stating facts about UKIP’s lack of support in the urban North West Alex

        • Mark Britten

          I think the problem is that the main parties don’t take UKIP seriously, and one day, either in a marginal by-election or in 2015, they will “surprise” everyone and win a seat.

      • David Simpson

        Labour will win because their opponents are a load of crap

        • gerontius

          Now that’s what I call faint praise

      • Mynydd

        It’s not Labour, Lib Dems or UKIP are rattled but Mr Cameron, and so he should be, with the loss of thousands of party members.

    • Two Bob

      Two Labour councillors have been suspended by the party and a police investigation has started over alleged comments made on Facebook.

      Naseem Ayub, who was also a prospective MEP candidate, and her husband Mohammad Ayub were suspended before Christmas.

      Bedfordshire Police said officers were investigating potential offences under the Computer Misuse Act and Malicious Communications Act.

      These cover the sending of malicious messages and/or inciting racial hatred.

      Got anything to say about that lefties?

      • James Strong

        No, but I have.
        It’s a bad law.

        See my comment on the earlier thread.

        • bwims

          I think “See my comment on the earlier thread” is a bit hopeful. I recommend cut and paste. You’re unlikely to find anyone enthusiastic enough to go searching for earlier comments.

    • Druth

      And then we look at the Labour Party, the real working class choice. Packed to the gunnels with Oxbridge aristocrats and their sisters, a class of people who are determined to betray this country into the EU for power. Disagree with UKIP fine, but don’t pretend we’re not of the people or that Labour is.

      • Northerner1001

        ‘Packed to the gunnels with Oxbridge aristocrats’ …..Wrong Druth, 20% of Labour MPs are from Oxbridge so hardly the majority but yes i would want many more working class ones so here’s hoping more win in 2015

        • Alexsandr

          define ‘working class’.

          • Wessex Man

            now how can he do that you need to have worked to define working class!

        • gerontius

          Come off it.

        • bwims

          Ha Ha Ha! The avatar is quite appropriate, though a muppet would be better. You can’t even see how you are being played for a fool by your champagne swilling overlords.

          What percentage of the shadow cabinet went to Oxbridge?
          What percentage of them have got offshore trusts and capital assets that put them into upper class brackets? How many of them are closely related to the aristocracy.

          Snooooorrrrreeeee.

        • Druth

          Don’t be tedious. You are the one making the point about friends of the working class. If you count in Oxbridge, public school boys, lawyers, professional trade unionists, student union marxists, the aristocracy in a red rosette, then the Labour Party are to a man career politicians who come from the old British establishment

          Stand up for the working class if you want to but don’t be so stupid as to believe that you’re doing so by voting Labour.

          • Northerner1001

            Ahem, the article implies UKIP are friends of the working class so i questioned that Druth, You really think UKIP if they grow in size won’t attract establishment figures??? give over, that is what happens whether we like it or not, Nigel Farage is hardly working class is he??? get real!

            • Druth

              UKIP is anti-politics, we’re anti an establishment which is currently betraying us. We want a small state and don’t trust politicians including, sorry especially, our own. We aren’t interested in politics, we are only getting involved because we can’t allow the career politicians to destroy this country. We want ordinary people (such as you) to get political and then stand so that we have proper representation and not just the slick establishment place men that the ossified Labour Party insists on wheeling out. Red rosettes on pigs.

              Sure, UKIP get in power and eventually its Orwells Animal Farm II, but it not that now and we’re active in the Party to try and stop exactly that.

              By the way who is Nigel Farage?

              • Northerner1001

                Druth you are deluded, UKIP want to make their mark thus they simply have to become more professional thus Farage is getting serious about a vetting procedure of candidates, You’re too eager to portray UKIP as so different to other parties but their goal is to win MP’s & to do that it takes serious organisation&discipline & Farage knows this. He’s now doing a purge of your nutjobs (it will take ages) but that’s what happens when you grow & get more scrutiny.

                You’re trying to portray UKIP as pure&virtuous&whiter than white but they’re not so get a grip, you know they’re not

                UKIP can talk the talk but rarely walk the walk, you have ZERO MP’s, you only have 217 councillors out of 20500 but to listen to some kippers over inflated views of their party you’d think they’d be in power now

                UKIP have a BIG problem coming up….they are the protest party of this parliament but still have no Westminster byelection wins & in 2015 people will vote FOR a party of government, they may not even like the party they vote for but it won’t be a protest then & that’s where UKIP will lose support, it’s inevitable.

            • Druth

              Bill and Ben. Bill has three kids and struggles to make ends meet by working for the council on 6.31 and hour. Ben is an ex-con on benefits with three unsupported kids to three mothers who makes ends meet by dealing drugs. UKIP supports Bill, Labour supports Ben. How hard is it?

              • Northerner1001

                Labour supports Bill,Labour introduced the min wage after all & to much opposition from the right, Labour tries to help Ben mend his ways as UKIP’s answer is to double the prison population yet they can’t say how it’s funded, Labour are a party of government, UKIP are a protest party, all slogans but nothing else as Farage so readily proved on The Daily Politics today

      • Mynydd

        What is wrong with someone from the working class going to Oxbridge, or should they be reserved for the Cameron’s of this world

        • Tom

          Nothing wrong with it at all but which of the Labour MP’s have a working class background and went to Oxbridge?.

    • Brimstone52

      We had workers rights long before the EU was invented.

      • Northerner1001

        correct but we have more because of it & i for one don’t want them taken away on a whim because the Tories & UKIP want us out of the EU ….the public don’t either

        • Brimstone52

          UKIP are the public.

        • Rainsboro

          I count myself as being left of centre and it baffles me why so many on the left seem to think the EU is somehow socialist. Check out why it’s impossible to renationalise the railways or read Fraser Nelson’s article on why the EU might save us from a Labour government. The EU is corporatist, it is not democratic, it supports big government and big business, the left should have nothing to do with it

  • Not Voting For You

    It’s too late to trust any of the main three parties: Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives. We don’t even need to place all our trust in UKIP. But we do need to deny any legitimacy to the three-headed hydra of Lab-Lib-Con.

    We must vote for anyone else or not vote at all, and make a pledge now that we will not support Lab-Lib-Con so that it becomes clear that we are not willing to play the game anymore. We mus always lose.

    http://www.notvotingforyou.org/take_the_pledge.php

    • telemachus

      Look son
      UKIP are a party of fringe oddballs who must not be given credence even by protest vote
      It is time to show the media types who are obsessed with UKIP that it is now the serious run in to May 2015 when the country needs to return to reasonable government

      • Alexsandr

        so not labour then…
        oddballs? have you heard or seen the useless millipede?

        • telemachus

          A country that will not concentrate resources in the hands of the elite
          A party that will not give 5% tax breaks to the richest 1%
          I will readily vote for any party that cares about the poor

          • Alexsandr

            do you really think milliband and his henchmen are not from the same westminster bubble as the tories and lib dems. they are all the same.

            • telemachus

              No
              The difference is- and I cannot get it into the thick heads of the right- that they accept their undoubted priveleged upbringing and use it to help those not so fortunate to overcome their disadvantages
              Your breed accuse them of hypocrisy when in truth it is pure socialist caring
              You should try it

              • Alexsandr

                socialist caring is one thing. cynically building a client electorate of state employees, benefit dependants and immigrants isn’t caring. Its just simple old gerrymandering.

                • Mynydd

                  The latest employment figures show an increase in the number of public employees, so it must be the present government who are cynically building a client electorate of state employees.

              • gerontius

                “No
                The difference is- and I cannot get it into the thick heads of the
                right- that they accept their undoubted priveleged upbringing and use
                it to help those not so fortunate to overcome their disadvantages”

                A load of bull as usual.from Telemachus
                They’re a gang of carpetbaggers.- nothing more.

                • telemachus

                  Which bits
                  That socialists wish to share the spoils of capitalist greed
                  Or that the right wish to deny them?

                • Alexsandr

                  capitalist wealth creation. without wealth creation we will have nothing.

                • telemachus

                  There is self serving wealth creation whatever the traumas to the workforce and the environment
                  And wealth creation that respects society and people and aims to enhance the society in which it operates
                  Which is preferable?

                • Wessex Man

                  I’ve just heard Ed Balls on the radio, he made as much sense as you do here you both should be locked up and the key thrown away,

                • telemachus

                  Funny I thought that Ed was magnificent

                • Wessex Man

                  well you would wouln’t you, I bet you still have pictures of Tone and Gord above your bed, bless.

                • ButcombeMan

                  So, no doubt, did Ed. It is delusion.
                  Only his stomach is magnificent.
                  Millipede is worried about Ed, what to do with him.
                  Ed is the millstone around the neck of the last vestige of Labours economic competency.
                  There is whispering, very close to Red Ed, I hear
                  Ed may have to be found another job, before the general election.
                  But like Blair with Brown, Red Ed fears to do, what he knows he must, or should.

                • Kitty MLB

                  You are upsetting the lone warrior Telemachus,
                  Why would a country need wealth- good forbid.

                • telemachus

                  Luvvy
                  We need wealth but fairly shared

                • gerontius

                  Luvvy???

                  Not just a carpetbagger but a patronising carpetbagger.

                • rtj1211

                  And who creates that wealth, pray??

                  The financier, the Board, the middle managers, the R+D department, the workers??

                  Or, perhaps, in a blinding flash of light called ‘revolutionary thought’, it might be: wait for it…..

                  ALL OF THEM????

                • Alexsandr

                  Not sure to what point you are replying because useless disqus doesn’t indent enough levels.
                  but of course its everyone in a company who create wealth. And the banks who lend them money for investment, the shareholders who provide the capital.
                  but unless people get reward, through divedends, interest or salary, the wealth isn’t created.

                • Mynydd

                  If it’s everyone in a company that creates wealth then surely it should be shared equally among them. Over the last few years the shop floor as had 1% increase, senior managers 10% and a 5% tax giveaway, bankers 100% plus 200% bonus.

                • Alexsandr

                  people are paid according to the value and scarcity of their skills. If they have a skillset that doesn’t pay enough then get education and/or move jobs.

                • James Jones

                  Not everyone can be in the top bracket.

                  For 30 years anyone not in the top 50% has been getting poorer. Today I estimate that the bottom 85% are subsidising annual pay rises for the top 15%.

                  If we have another 30 years of the same thing Britain will be completely unrecognisable to anyone living today but might be appreciated by someone from a Victorian workhouse.

                • James Jones

                  “few years ”

                  It has been 30 years since the bottom 50% of earners last had a pay rise (adjusted for inflation).

                • Mynydd

                  With all this capitalist wealth creation, I still have nothing.

                • gerontius

                  “That socialists wish to share the spoils of capitalist greed
                  Or that the right wish to deny them?”

                  Cheap sloganeering.Not worth a row of beans.
                  You had thirteen years Telemachus and you just screwed over those that you were supposed to be representing.

                • Mynydd

                  Was that just like Mrs Thatcher’s 18 years?

                • gerontius

                  Nope.
                  Mrs Thatcher wasn’t Leader of the Labour Party was she?

                • Putneywill

                  Your poster boy Tony Blair certainly took his share of the spoils of capitalist greed.

                  Shows his caring side I suppose

              • Brimstone52

                I’m jealous, I really am. I just don’t have access to what ever it is you’re drinking.

                • telemachus

                  You and a few more and the world would be a better place

                • Brimstone52

                  Agreed, I’d love to be able to return the compliment.

              • rtj1211

                No mate, socialism is about control freaks being threatened by creative entrepreneurs who won’t do what they are told. It’s about them undermining people’s lives until they are broken in vicious dog-eat-dog thugfests under the illusion of ‘sweet talking nirvana’.

                I’ve had my life’s fill of socialists being brutal dictatorial thugs mate.

                Traditional party politics is about sado-masochistic dominance hierarchies.

                What is required is something completely different.

                • Mynydd

                  The only creative entrepreneurs this country has had is those who have asset stripped manufacturing and shipped the proceeds aboard.

          • kyalami

            Tell me about the 5% tax break that Labour didn’t give between 1997 and 2010, please.

            • telemachus

              Labour inherited Lawsonoid remuneration of the rich and did not adjust until fiscally necessary after the American Banking crisis blew over here

              • Alexsandr

                oh. asleep on the job then?

                • telemachus

                  A question of giant and minnow

              • rtj1211

                Oh do stop talking crap. New Labour embraced the biggest housing bubble this country has ever seen: it made the Tories seem like exchange control warriors in comparison.

                New Labour believed in loading up the State with high-interest debt through PFI and the like, which is wealth-redistribution gone mad. Wasn’t the Tories who did that, it was Labour.

                In 1995 it was possible for a postdoc scientist to buy a flat in their late 20s. Now it’s impossible.

                Real lives, real changes.

                Not Das Kapital, JMK tomes or Friedmanite theology.

                • Mynydd

                  In 1995 it was possible for a postdoc scientist to buy a flat in their late 20s. Now it’s impossible. At present Mr Cameron is in power not Mr Blair/Brown so why not complain to him. Of course I was lucky, in my early 20s I brought by first house when Mr Wilson was in power.

            • Mynydd

              The last Labour government reduced the basic rate of income tax from 30% down to 20%. Now that’s what I call a low tax government. Acton not just talk.

              • kyalami

                Doubtless convenient for you to change the subject but

                – Tele Makeup was trying to claim that the Tories taxed the rich at a lower rate than Labour

                – As you can see from the UK government website, in 1997 the standard rate of income was 24% not 30%: for most of Labour’s time in office it was 22% or 23% and it was just towards the end that they dropped it to 20%. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/248810/table-a2.pdf

                – From the same table, you can see that the higher rate of tax was 40% throughout Labour’s time in office, 5% lower than it is currently under the Tories.

          • Colonel Mustard
      • Hexhamgeezer

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………

      • bwims

        Minus sign to kill the troll

  • Bert3000

    UKIP won’t win. Their supporters are all far too important (and bone idle) to deliver a single leaflet. You can’t win a byelection from a stool in the golf club bar.

    • Mark Britten

      they don’t have to win to make headlines though. Coming second will be enough for that.

      • jaydeepee

        They will come second. Lib-Dems are in wipe out mode in Manchester and the Pirate Party would get more votes than the Tories.

        • Alexsandr

          lot of stay at homes in 2010 to have a go at. together with the lib dem vote, and the BNP vote could cause an upset.

          • Northerner1001

            You’re still dreaming i see Alex

            • Alexsandr

              no. i just dont see elections being the same any more. Its lazy analysis to think UKIP are just a funny break away sort of right wing tory party. I think their appeal is broader.

              • Northerner1001

                The 2015 General Election will be unique. It’s the first time the Tories have another right wing party(Yes UKIP are predominately right wing no matter how much some kippers protest) polling between 10-20% in the polls & the tories simply don’t know how to handle UKIP. Every time they move further to the right it strengthens UKIP. Any comparison to previous elections is pointless, this is new ground. I don’t expect UKIP to have more than a couple of MP’s after GE2015 but they’ll hurt the tories fatally along with a sizeable chunk of Lib Dems voting Labour….the left is united to get the Tories out!

                • Alexsandr

                  but labour are as much a part of the problem as the others
                  pro immigration, pro multiculturism that has just created ghettoes, pro EU and pro running massive defecits.
                  thinking people know this is wrong, and need another way.
                  dont count your chickens….

                • Mynydd

                  Just so much old hat. You have no idea for what the present Labour party is pro or anti. because your head is buried in the right wing sand.

                • Alexsandr

                  true. but that’s because they haven’t any.
                  what happened to ‘too fast and too deep’ -that was a good policy wasn’t it.?

                • JJ

                  Not if UKIP eat up a bit of the Labour vote, then they’ll have a fighting chance.

                • Mark Britten

                  UKIP could get 10% of the vote and not win a single seat (if that happens then chances are it’ll be a huge Labour majority…). I think Farage will get himself a seat somewhere unless he’s stupid about where he stands.

        • AnotherDave
    • http://www.facebook.com/alan.douglas.1042 Alan Douglas

      Very few of the Ukippers I know are golfers, many are quite determined and active. What deep knowledge and experience are you basing this silly comment on ?

      • Hello

        Many of the French people I know are perfectly nice, it hardly disproves the rule.

    • MirthaTidville

      Really, do they have golf clubs in that part of the world?..stow your Tory prejudices for pitys sake

      • Hello

        It grates a little to see a Ukipper claiming the moral high ground on “prejudice”.

        • berosos_bubos

          please explain

        • flaxdoctor

          Freudian projection?

        • Rallan

          It grates far more to see smug, self-righteous people like you acting as if you have a patent on morality.

          You have no particular moral authority, your “values” are no better than anyone elses and to call you prejudiced is simply accurate.

      • HookesLaw

        Sale?

        ‘that part of the world’? – Wythensaw is on another planet to you clearly.

    • AnotherDave

      Yet, strangely they keep racking up 2nd places.

      http://www.ukpolitical.info/ByElections10.htm

      Could it be you’re basing your opinion on prejudice, rather than observation?

      • Alexsandr

        limp dumps losing their deposit would be good.

      • Bert3000

        Not a single MP.

        • Rallan

          Yet.

    • Lady Magdalene

      On the contrary, we have 33,000 members and a very high percentage are activists.
      I’ve delivered 1000 leaflets in my village in the past two weekends.

      • Mynydd

        Do doubt an ex Tory activist. This is what Mr Cameron doesn’t care about, disaffected members now working for other parties, even maybe Labour, who knows.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      Cobblers. I ‘king hate golf and you couldn’t pay me to sit on a stool in the 19th hole.

    • bwims

      What a moronic comment. Get up off the sofa.

    • Mynydd

      The Conservative members who have left and joined UKIP will deliver the purple not the blue.

  • monty61

    I though Sebastian had just told us all we needed to know? 😛

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