Former Islington Conservative candidate backs Bridget Fox

This just in from Islington Liberal Democrats:

John Szemerey, former Conservative parliamentary candidate for Islington South & Finsbury, has thrown his support behind local Lib Dem campaigner Bridget Fox.

“Bridget Fox and the Lib Dems offer the real change that Islington and Britain desperately needs” said John.

“It’s clear that at the next General Election, the Conservatives just can’t win here in Islington South & Finsbury. If people are fed up with Gordon Brown and his failed Labour Government, they should support Bridget Fox’s Lib Dems. The fact of the matter is that voting Conservative in Islington South & Finsbury will actually help Gordon Brown hang on.”

This news will come as a massive blow to Labour MP Emily Thornberry and her attempt to hold on in Islington South & Finsbury. Just 484 votes separate the Gordon Brown loyalist and local Lib Dem challenger Bridget Fox.

Local Lib Dem campaigner, Bridget Fox said:

“I’m delighted that John is supporting my campaign. Local people tell me that they me that they feel let down by Labour and want real change here in Islington South & Finsbury. I’ll be a strong voice for our area in Parliament. I’ll always put local people – and not party politics – first.”

Notes to editor: John Szemerey was Conservative parliamentary candidate in Islington South-West in 1970 and then in the new constituency of Islington South & Finsbury in February 1974. John was also a leading member of Conservative controlled Islington Council 1968-71.

You can find out how you can help Bridget Fox’s campaign and you can follow her work via her blog.

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  • Errr, but not active in electoral politics since 1974???
    So, quite how massive a blow is it when a retired pol who was last seen in the area THIRTY FIVE years ago makes such an announcement.
    Doesn’t it look a bit like clutching at straws if we have to wheel out these has-beens as if there’s some news value here??

  • Ivor Schwartzporsche 22nd Nov '09 - 5:39pm

    ‘Always put local people and policies first’. They all say that and get whipped into line. I think folk have had enough of communism in this country. BOO.

  • Douglas Thomson 22nd Nov '09 - 7:58pm

    Sorry, who’s a communist?

    This isn’t America, you can’t just go round calling people / the government / political parties communist simply because you don’t like them.

  • Marc Daniels 23rd Nov '09 - 7:46am

    Has April the 1st come early? How, exactly, is it a massive blow that an obscure failed Tory candidate from 1974, who joined the Lib Dems last month ( plans to vote Lib Dem.

  • “This news will come as a massive blow to Labour MP Emily Thornberry”

    This is just silly! I’d love Bridget Fox to win, but going on about a Conservative candidate from 1974 will put people off. Especially they will feel decived when they read the headline and think it is about the 2010 Tory candidate and then discover distortion on a Mandelson type scale.

  • Watching you 25th Nov '09 - 10:04pm

    good grief how pathetic. Pack this is terribly pathetic. Next thing we will hear is ‘ghost of Christmas Past’ backs Libs.

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