Conservative activist says: we must lie in Ealing Southall

It’s a favourite cliche of the other parties to attack Liberal Democrat campaign tactics. However, the evidence – as ever – is rather different in Ealing Southall. Ben Surtess (a name that may be familiar to some as he has written some interesting posts on is a Conservative activist and over on Conservative Home has been arguing that the party must lie in its election campaign:

The two themes that must be pressed home within the first week of the campaign is that the Conservatives are the party challenging Labour … and that Lit is the “local” candidate while the LibDem candidate is not (even if they are).

(Emphasis added).

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  • So The Conservatives adopt what in the past has been a very successful Lib Dem tactic…lying in Election Lit.
    Oh Dear

    Live by the sword you die by it.

    Good Luck in Southall

  • Please stop this!!!!! If you want the Tories trawling through every LibDem blog and what every LibDem “activist” or “member” says up and down the country then this is thr right way to go about it. And I bet you we’ve said worse things … What is wrong with the LDV team at the moment – wrong judgement lads.

  • How is this newsworthy?

  • Slartibartfast 1st Jul '07 - 8:52pm

    It just goes to show that the Tory party remains an evil snake pit of slimy vipers, and that we must stop them in their tracks by donning our superhero costumes emboldened by the letter M and fly over there just in the nick of time…

  • LOL!

  • Tony Williams 1st Jul '07 - 11:42pm

    Unsurprising views from Tim Crowley (Con activist in Sutton) and Sam Coates (Con Home deputy editor). Assorted trolls a trolling.

    They will however find it hard to push Ben’s line given that the LD candidate is a long-standing resident of Southall whereas the Tory is from leafy Chiswick 😆

  • Just shows the Tories are just a bunch of…….. Tories!

  • In Touch Here 2nd Jul '07 - 3:25pm

    A lot of quotes from LibDems have been copied and pasted by rival parties ready for action come the next election.

    You lot really need to learn how to not be quite so open with your views on-line, you know!

  • Ben Surtees 8th Jul '07 - 5:37pm

    Oh dear me… a lecture on political ethics from the LibDems? Never ceases to amaze me that they can wollow in the electoral dirt and fain moral indignation (with a highly selective quote!) when faced with an aggressive campaign by another party (as happened in Hartlepool).

  • Nothing selective or out of context about it at all Ben. You said simply the Tories should paint the Lib Dem as not being local, even if they are (which Nigel is). No caveats or qualifications from you. Just a straight demand that the Tory campaign shouldn’t tell the truth.

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