Feltham and Heston by-election – come and help Lib Dems’ Roger Crouch make an impact today!

At this time of year, Christmas lights start to be switched on in towns and cities across the country — but for a lot of Liberal Democrat activists Christmas celebrations won’t be starting so early! Many of my friends and colleagues are postponing Christmas shopping to join Roger Crouch’s campaign for Feltham and Heston.

In just over two weeks’ time the voters of Feltham and Heston will have a new MP. The last parliamentary by-election of 2011 takes place on 15th December and the only early Christmas present I’m asking for this year from other Lib Dems is a result we can all be proud of.

This campaign will be one of the shortest in recent history; polling day is just two weeks today. Roger was selected as candidate on Tuesday night and has already hit the ground running.

Both Labour and the Tories have a shocking record locally of running the council. Roger Crouch will be campaigning hard for the people of Feltham and Heston, exposing that record. Roger needs your help to make sure we give the people of Feltham and Heston the strong alternative to Labour and the Tories they deserve.

It’s always important we hold our own in by-elections, but this time our campaign has added significance. At the next General Election part of the current Feltham and Heston seat is likely to be in the new seat of Teddington and Hanworth, most of the rest of that seat will come from Vince Cable’s Twickenham constituency, so we want to make sure this campaign leaves a lasting legacy for the party to build on for the future.

Our campaign office is up and running, so please come and join Roger’s campaign. Our Volunteer HQ is at: 3 The Greenway, Hounslow, TW4 7AJ – map available here – and is open from 9am until 7pm every day, from where you can deliver leaflets or canvass. Nearest train station is Hounslow. If you want more details, please email [email protected]

If you can’t make it to the constituency there is plenty of work that can be done by phone from the comfort of your own home – either way please go to our website, and fill in the form to let us know when you can help.

Thank you – and I look forward to seeing you in Feltham & Heston over the next couple of weeks!

* Munira Wilson is the Lib Dems’ South West London candidate for the Greater London Assembly.

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3 Comments

  • “the only early Christmas present I’m asking for this year from other Lib Dems is a result we can all be proud of.”

    Just curious as to what you think that would be. Obviously winning the seat is out of the question. On the swing indicated by the national polls the Lib Dems would lose their deposit. Is that the benchmark?

  • “Both Labour and the Tories have a shocking record locally of running the council.”

    Do they really? Given the central government straitjacket in which local government operates, it is rather difficult for a political leadership to have a shocking record, at least in recent times. Both the Tory and Labour groups in Hounslow have a history of being moderate and pragmatic compared to their counterparts elsewhere, certainly over the last five years or so. While mistakes have clearly been made, I think they fall well short of “shocking”, a label more appropriately attached to Liverpool or Doncaster. Hounslow just isn’t in that league.

    I say this because I think one of the big errors in politics is to slag off opponents for the sake of it. It turns voters off, and makes us look ridiculous. If people in Feltham & Heston feel that the services they receive from their council are below par, then it is likely to be the result of central government cuts, and the outsourcing mania that both Labour and Tory governments have imposed on local councils. It is Cameron’s Tory government we should be attacking, methinks. Oh, I forgot. We are propping that government up.

  • carl pierce 9th Dec '11 - 8:52am

    Yes Sesenco they do.
    While we can’t give you exact details for legal reasons – there are numerous examples of bad management.
    Shall we start with the 6,000 lorries worth of rubble dumped in Mark B’s Feltham north ward under the guise of ‘developing’ the site (project started during tory rule). Labour replaced the Tories but the mismanagement continued with them pretty much refusing to engage with protesting residents who now have a vast house-high spoilheap on their doorstep.
    I haven’t heard from the Labour councillors in my ward of Hounslow West in the 20 years I’ve lived there – zero nothing.

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