Camaraderie seems to be in short supply in Peterborough this week, ahead of the by-election tomorrow. In the centre of the city, a Brexit party activist cheerfully tells Mr S that he has barely seen the other parties knocking on doors and handing out flyers around the city. But he did run into the Labour party on one street, and suggested they share their flyers and put both sets through the door to save time. Needless to say, Labour weren’t impressed, and didn’t take up his offer.
Not coming across your opponents seems to be a familiar theme here. Activists from all the parties are very keen to tell Mr S how much work they are doing, and how little they see the other parties’ candidates and activists on the doorsteps. All the parties seem to think though that the Conservative party’s campaign has been muted, despite several Tory leadership candidates making the journey from London to knock on doors.
Is it true? Mr S can’t say for sure – there are a lot of streets in the Peterborough constituency, after all. But Mr Steerpike hasn’t seen a single Tory ribbon since he arrived here…