Thursday, 22 May 2008

Crewe and Nantwich By-Election

Political attention in Britain focuses today on the Cheshire constituency of Crewe and Nantwich. Polls open at 7.00am and close at 10.00pm. Polls suggest that the Conservative Party could win its first by-election in 26 years. Tim Castle of Reuters comments "Losing the seat, held for 34 years by no-nonsense Labour traditionalist Gwyneth Dunwoody, would have little effect on Brown's 67-MP majority in the Commons.

But the psychological impact of defeat could be heavy, with Brown already on the back foot after a rout in local elections three weeks ago and a backbench revolt over the abolition of the 10p starting rate of tax."
The latest polls suggest that the Tories have a 13 point lead. Political activists, including myself, will be heading for the area - which is situated in the North West, close to Manchester, which itself has been a centre of news attention overnight with United winning the Champions League final. I'll be using 'Twitter' to post my activities throughout the day.

Tamsin Dunwoody is the Labour candidate - and daughter of Gwyneth. Her website can be found at http://www.creweandnantwichlabour.org.uk/home

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