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Election Campaign Starts

We have just had the first day of the election campaign proper. One of the differences about parliamentary elections is that the Royal Mail will deliver leaflets.

We have stuck stickers on thousands of leaflets with people's addresses (a technique to get more than one leaflet to each household) and this morning were sorting out the leaflets with the right number of elastic bands around them.

I find it odd that although we start out having the areas sorted by Polling District the Royal Mail ask us to resort them into the initial letter of the road name within first three characters of post code.

This means that we sort roads that are hundreds of yards apart together and separate roads which are next to each other. I can see them resorting them back to something close to the polling districts in which they are sorted.

It strikes me that someone writing the rules has not properly thought them through.

West Midlands Police are also being very helpful and I have lined up a meeting with them to explain how they can help in minimising fraud. I have suggested that parties give their office addresses to the police so that the police can turn up without notice and without a warrant and search the offices at any time (and have a cup of tea if they wish).

All sorts of nonsense is being reported about MG-Rover. This is really hard for the workers at Longbridge who are being put through the mill. It does not help the directors in resolving things. There are too many people who seem to have it in for MG-Rover. The fact is that many thousands of jobs depend upon Rover.

Full Council yesterday had an "end of term" feel to it although Labour were quite subdued through most of it.

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