Nick Robinson on News 24: general election this year is off

Headline says it all really.

Let’s see how long it takes for a Labour loyalist to say, “Oh, but Gordon never ever intended to hold an election. He’s been courageous and decisive all along you know, and was never intending to hold an election. It has all been a clever wheeze you understand. But a statesman-like, getting on with governing the country approach at the same time, you understand.”

UPDATE: The partys’ Chief Executive, Chris Rennard, has just sent round this message to party activists and staff:

It now looks as though Brown is just about to make a statement saying NO imminent election.

The party has geared up tremendously well in recent months to fight this campaign.

We will keep up campaigning at a very high level until whenever the General Election is called.

We need to thank all the people at every level who have been working hard in anticipation of this campaign and ensure that we do not lose momentum.

The work of increasing our media profile, campaigning hard on the key issues, delivering the leaflets, making the phone calls, recruiting the members and raising the funds must continue.

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  • Nick Barlow 6th Oct '07 - 4:18pm

    Actually, my first thought was ‘how’s Chris Paul going to find a way to blame John Leech for this?’ 🙂

    Seriously, though, my first suggestion for a Party campaign after all this would be one for fixed-term Parliaments, which I think have found quite a few new supporters over the past few weeks.

  • Labour’s and Gordon Brown’s reputation damaged – and we beat the Aussies. What a lovely weekend this is.

  • Martin Land 6th Oct '07 - 7:02pm

    Now I have to file all those Freeposts, Flying Starts, et al on my increasingly burdened hard disk. Back to the local FOCI I should have stuck with all along, I suppose. Message from Chief Executive received. I sometimes wonder what planet he lives on. With poor poll ratings and – well I won’t say it – my delivery networks are getting ropier every year, membership a struggle, all of which is not exactly inspiring especially when you now know that if you don’t live in one of the target seats no one cares anyway…
    We have a window of opportunity, of perhaps 18 months to get our act together. I wonder if we will take it?

  • Mark Wright 6th Oct '07 - 7:54pm

    [email protected] 🙂 Yes, no doubt it was “Fib unDem” lies that wrecked it…

  • Cheltenham Robin 6th Oct '07 - 11:44pm

    Ah well, at least all those prospective Euro MP’s will be happy.

    We can all go to euro hustings now that we don’t have to deliver flying start leaflets.

  • Martin Land 7th Oct '07 - 10:20am

    Joe @ 7. Your right Joe, but in many places some local parties are in a state where they need real help; it’s time the powers that be took a close look at our weaknesses in many areas – a full ‘audit’, perhaps?
    It applies to other parties too; had this election gone ahead, this would have been the first ever, where many electors in many areas might not have even received a Freepost from one or more of the major parties. The Labour Party is virtually non-existant in constituencies and areas where they ran councils in the 1990’s or even recently had MP’s!
    Targeting has served us well, up to a point, but it’s becoming dangerous. Come what may, you still need 326 seats for a majority!
    We need to be a strong NATIONAL Party.

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