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Friday, May 06, 2005
  Thankyou 13,648 times to the people of Yardley
As the newly elected MP for Yardley I am intending to start my campaign of listening to the people of Yardley. Sadly, however, today I need to attend a funeral. The campaign will, therefore, start tomorrow.

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I have not posted anything for a few days. I have been a bit busy.

However, normal service will resume in the near future (and hopefully a picture of more of the cats).

Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Hemming Liberal Democrat 13,648 46.4 +8.1
Jayne Innes Labour 10,976 37.3 -9.6
Paul Uppal Conservative 2,970 10.1 -3.0
Robert Purcell British National Party 1,523 5.2 +5.2
Mohammed Yaqub UK Independence Party 314 1.1 0.0
Majority 2,672 9.1
Turnout 29,431 57.7
 
Comments:
Sir,

Congratulations.
 
Midlands based Lib Dems are throwing their hats in the air with joy... they're sending him off to London. Although, having heard he intends to continue on the Council, it will be long faces all round there. Presumably there's a small queue of Lib Dem councillors waiting to suck up to Mike Whitby.

Keep the seat warm John, we're having it back!
 
Congratulations John on a superb and well deserved win. It's been a long time coming!!!
 
Thanks all.

Bob: The Labour Party said this when I won Acocks Green 15 years ago.
 
We'll be back. The boundaries change next time round and the forecast battle between Roger Godsiff and John should be most entertaining.

A temporary setback caused by a number of temporary issues. 2009, with Gordon in power, Yardley will come home as the nation swings back to Labour.
 
Congratulations John. I have followed your weblog with interest for some time as a 'Brummy in exile' in true-blue Wycombe. I think that you will be a fine MP and predict that you will hold the seat easily next time round!
 
Congratulations.

You should have had at least one more vote, but my postal ballot paper never arrived with me. I have written to the Elections Office to complain, and check if the paper was used.

I'm sorry to have missed your first advice bureau. Is there a Web page I should monitor for information?
 
Yours was not the only postal ballot that went astray. Yours was particularly odd in that your partners' arrived and yours did not.

I will be chasing up these issues.

For the moment the MP Advice bureau is Saturday at 11am.
 
Thank you.

My formal request to revert to voting in person, and for confirmation that my ballot was not used, went in the post on Friday! The Elections Office said that only 40,000 postal ballots had been returned to them, despite there being 58,000 registered postal voters locally?

Where do you hold your advice bureau?
 
I have edited my blog entry about the advice bureau to ensure that it is clear that it is held in our "centre for world domination" ie at 1772 Cov Road.
 
Many thanks for that.

Estelle Morris held a monthly Friday evening surgery at Cottesbrooke Junior School, near my home. It would take me about 20 minutes to get to the Yardley LibDem office. How soon do you intend to start holding further sessions at locations distributed around the constituency?
 
The arrangement to do Saturdays at 1772 is an immediate arrangement. I need to review the best approach for the whole constituency.

Personally I feel it may be better to have a regular and frequent bureau at a central location than to have monthly ones that move around. However, we will probably issue a survey on Focus to find out what the constituents want about this. I will be having a number of meetings on Friday nights in Birmingham so I probably won't do Friday nights.
 
I feel that any reliable schedule of bureaux would work. I suspect that distributed locations would increase participation.

I look forward to the next issue of Focus.
 
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