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Westley Vale Millennium Green and Tory Helicopter

Today was another "roadshow" day where we visit shopping centres. Before that, however, I joined with the other trustees of the Westley Vale Millennium Green

to tidy up the site. Just in case people do not believe that a candidate in a suit will pick up rubbish, here is a photo of me picking up rubbish.
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and a picture of the rubbish I collected in about 15 minutes.

We then visited the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, Yew Tree and Poolway Shopping centres. Everyone seemed very friendly even the Labour Party.

After that I saw a novel campaigning technique from the Conservatives. It appears that they have decided to get a helicopter to tow a large sheet with a message on it.

The message "Imagine 5 more years of Blair", is, however, not exactly what we would call positive campaigning. In fact it argues strongly for people to swing to the Liberal Democrats. After all the Independent's research shows that if people swing from Labour to Lib Dem it will not let the tories in.

Last night was the only hustings event held in Yardley. There was a hustings event in 1992 and 1997, but not in 2001. Unsurprisingly and sadly few people turned up. The three active Conservatives turned up and the main activist base for the Labour Party turned up. I estimate that there were about 6 people who were non-aligned in an audience of about 20. It was ably chaired by Rev Brian Camp who is the Vicar of Sheldon Church and was held in their Church Hall.

I would not say that is shed any real light on the issues of the campaign, but it was useful to have a proper political meeting during the election campaign. I did not have any questions planted in the audience and almost all of the questions were planted by the Labour Party and addressed against me. That, however, is entirely what I expected and I have no complaints.

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