Grant Shapps: another history lesson

Right, let’s keep this brief. The Welwyn & Hatfield Times (his local newspaper) reports of Grant Shapps MP:

The Welwyn Hatfield MP said it [the Ealing Southall by-election result] was not a total whitewash as the Tories had slightly improved their share of the votes, something which the party had not been able to do for years in a by-election.

Cheadle, 2005; Blaenau Gwent 2006: can you guess what happened to the Conservative vote in both of those? I mean 2006 – that, oh, years and years ago isn’t it?

PS I offer very competitive rates for personal history tuition lessons. Do get in touch.

PPS I’ll leave it to other to pick up on Grant Shapps doing a u-turn and rewriting his online housing petition.

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  • Name withheld 2nd Aug '07 - 4:19pm

    Perhaps while you are having another rant you could explain why there was a by-election in Cheadle 2005? It may seem hard-faced to say it but there was absolutely no need for it … or at least the benefits did not accrue to the people of Cheadle.

  • Hywel Morgan 2nd Aug '07 - 8:43pm

    So Labour were helping the Tory campaign in Cheadle then were they Chris…

    Patsy’s health was hardly a secret at the 2005 election and her vote when up 6.5% so I don’t think it was an issue locally.

  • Don’t by-elections normally happen when an MP dies in office? Are you suggesting that Chris Rennard should just appoint MPs without the formality of an election?

  • Hywel Morgan 3rd Aug '07 - 11:47am

    Chris – you said (in your blog posting)

    “The dirty, despicable etc Tories copied every word from dirty, despicable etc Lib Dem leaflets procured from Labour friends!”

    Seems to suggest that Labour were passing Lib Dem leaflets onto the Tories with the hope/suggestion that they would use similar techniques.

    Is it standard Labour party practice to advise the Tories on running better election campaigns now?

  • Chris Paul – I wouldn’t try to be so angelic about this. Labour’s record in running dirty campaigns is probably worse than most.

    I have a copy of a document called ‘Beating the Liberals’ written by Labour campaign staff.

    In it they give the following advice:

    ‘Find one flaw and smear them all. Go negative until swamped by complaints. Then do it again.’

    Glass houses and all that eh?

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