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Sunday Campaigning

Apart from this morning's campaigning in Yardley, I also spoke at public meetings in Tyseley and Saltley as well as doing an interview on the politics show.

This morning I played telephone tag with Respect. They are also judicially reviewing the general election using the same (originally my) solicitor Fatema Patwa.

Their JR is asking for too much from the judges. They are also a long way behind my case. However, I am hoping to get an early court hearing some time tomorrow (ie hear about it some time tomorrow).

The Politics Show looked at the issue of Rover. Sadly they don't seem to understand what is going on. The important and urgent issue is one of trying to rebuild a manufacturing operation there. That will facilitate getting people back into work and maintain the skills base.

Caroline Spelman (Tory Meriden) banged on about an indepentent investigation into MGR etc. Although I think she is right I do not think that is top priority. It will take some time to do things properly.

At both of the Inner City Public Meetings (Public Meetings are common in the inner cities) I found one of the best responses to our policies was on the Council Tax (apart from Iraq, of course).

We have unusually decided to hold back on issuing posters in Yardley. A reasonable display is going up in Sparkbrook (and Small Heath). Labour have a small smattering of poster sites in Yardley.

I am told also that there are at least 14 groups of people bidding for MG. One of the groups floating around is a sort of mixture between a Nigerian Scam (we have lots of money for you, all you have to do is give us 100K and we will give you 5bn) and some people who are "reality challenged".

Comments

Bob Piper said…
"a Nigerian Scam (we have lots of money for you, all you have to do is give us 100K and we will give you 5bn) and some people who are "reality challenged".
Nothing new there then John... I'm sure you will welcome them with open arms... then ditch them when it all goes belly up.

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