Monday, April 19, 2010

Stunell winning the poster battle

The progress of the general election campaign locally has been slow. The Liberal Democrat incumbent Andrew Stunell has far more posters around Marple than any of his rivals. In fact I've only seen two Richard Scorer for Labour signs compared to about a dozen Annesley Abercorn Tory ones and three times that number for Stunell.

There's a pretty half hearted discussion on the Marple website, here, and the election coverage from our ever more dreadful local newspaper the Stockport Express is neither use nor ornament.

The Labour candidate was out and about in Marple centre on Saturday, but it's the first time they've been seen round here for years. Stunell has the advantage that he's been seen around the constituency constantly, it's his style of politics. Liberal Democrats don't tend to lose seats once they get them. The candidates work their patch rather than climbing the greasy pole of their Westminster parties. If they do enter a coalition government, it will be interesting to see if they can sustain this approach.

Anyway, on Friday the 30th of April there's an open Election Forum organised by the Churches Together in Marple and District (CTIMAD), to be held at the Methodist Church. I'm not expecting the fizz of the Leader's Debates, but it's a chance to inject a bit of life into the local contest.

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