P-16: What is Stoke’s daily paper saying about the by-election?

Now there are all sorts of barometers on how to assess what is happening in a by-election and journalists are always on the look out for snappy insights. Today’s journalist visitor to the City asked if Labour were consciously trying to lose the election with their weak and largely invisible campaign? Further, notices are now appearing in house windows refusing, rejecting and requesting no UKIP literature.

This is a City that faces many challenges, but most of all is looking for a party that can actually address and implement a positive industrial strategy. We are very clear that Labour have had their chance in is City for over 70 years and have completely failed. Liberal Democrats, who do not wish to see elected the political rabble that is known as UKIP, have a responsibility to run a vigorous campaign.

That was why Party Leader Tim Farron was at Staffordshire University yesterday urging students to register to vote and ensure that their voices are heard. The coverage on the front and other pages of The Sentinel highlights Dr Zulfiqar Ali’s campaign and concern that Brexit puts the economic future of the University at risk. For the city of Stoke-on-Trent a ‘hard Brexit’ risks the very Potteries themselves, the manufacturing and export industries here and the economic success of Keele and Staffordshire University.

Beneath the headlines, the noise and the scrabble between parties, candidates and their staffers, we have the street campaign.

In good old fashioned community campaigning style we have constructed a campaign that seeks to capture the attention of the voter, is honest and upfront about our internationalism, bold in our commitment to tackling the health crisis that is North Staffordshire and pushes positive ambitions for the future of the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

But to get this messaging over to the electors and through the doors of the City we need feet on the streets, we need people on the doorsteps. Ultimately yes it will all come down to our voter contact and local delivery campaign. Over the last two weeks we have laid a firm membrane of literature that now means that canvassers will be picking up candidate recognition. There are less than three weeks to go… Please will you come and join the growing team. Dr Zulfiqar Ali and his team are working flat out – I hope that you feel able to help us. Sign up here.

* Ed Fordham is a councillor on Chesterfield Borough Council and runs Brockwell Books of Chesterfield, selling many thanks, not least ephemera he bought from Liber Books over the last 25 years.

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  • PHIL THOMAS 7th Feb '17 - 11:32pm

    What does one expect when the Party’s MP’s cant even vote as a Team ?

  • Lorenzo Cherin 7th Feb '17 - 11:39pm

    Ed writes a terrific article , informative and exciting, Phil adds precisely what it does not need !

    The votes of mps on issues should be individual choices whipped or otherwise.

    We are in a democracy, hence we have elections for individuals to represent their own convictions , consciences and constituents.

    Thus we have this piece from Stoke !

  • Having been made very welcome by the lovely people of the Stoke campaign earlier this week, I heartily encourage any of our new members to take advantage of the by-elections in Stoke and Copeland to get stuck into a bit of campaigning. You will be very welcome and it will be good practice for local elections closer to home later this year!

  • Simon Drage 8th Feb '17 - 2:15pm

    Thanks for coming Adam. Hopefully see you here again before the 23rd February.

  • I have made one visit, will try again. I can only suggest GO and help, all of Eds sentiments above are so true 🙂 Also phone bank and donate or all three!! Phone banking has also started at party HQ in London. Always fun with like minded people and a purpose. I will be there tomorrow night, hope to see you 🙂

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