Skip to main content

Dunfermline and Birmingham

The excellent result in Dunfermline shows that we are making further progress against Labour. In Birmingham that is good news for the Lib Dems in Yardley, Hodge Hill, Hall Green, Ladywood and Perry Barr each of which is a clear Lib Dem/Labour battleground.


Unity said…
Hodge Hill?


"LIBERAL Democrats are jumping ship to Labour because they disapprove of the recent revelations regarding Charles Kennedy and Simon Hughes's private lives, a defector warned.

The Lib Dems succeeded in reaching out to Muslims because of their opposition to the Iraq war, contributing to their record election result last year when they won 62 seats.

But revelations about former leader Charles Kennedy and leadership contender Simon Hughes could repel Muslims, according to Mohammed Aikhlaq, the former vice-chairman of the Lib Dems in Hodge Hill, Birmingham.

He has switched sides and joined the Labour Party, along with Ishtiaq Ali, former chairman of the Hodge Hill branch, and six local activists."
john said…
The original story about these people was in The Times which accepted that they had decided to jump ship in December before all the stuff about CK.

In any event we have about twice as many people going the other way which may not be such a big press story, but impacts on election support.
Bob Piper said…
Not sure I want to welcome Muslims who join the Party on the basis of homophobia, anyway.
TonyF said…
Twice as many going the other way? You seem to forget that one of your biggest recruit finders is now an Independant Councillor. How many Muslim supporters did he take with him?
Also, the asians who joined in Stockland Green are gradually slipping back to Labour.
PoliticalHack said…
Ladywood - 6801 majority
Hodge Hill - 5449 majority
Hall Green - 5714 majority (LDs in third place, 10,000 votes behind the winner)
Perry Barr - 7948 majority
Yardley - 2672 between LD and Labour.

I've not run the detailed figures for the new ward structure, but I doubt it will make any huge difference. Out of those, only one is a battleground in any true sense.

Bring it on.
john said…
The new Hall Green contains only one ward from the old Hall Green.
Richard Allen said…
Hall Green could be very close. Anthony Wells gives Labour a notional majority of 4,375. That's far from safe.

Popular posts from this blog

Statement re false allegations from Esther Baker

Statement by John Hemming
I am pleased that the Police have now made it clear that there has been a concerted effort to promote false criminal allegations against me and that the allegations had no substance whatsoever.
I would like to thank Emily Cox, my children, Ayaz Iqbal (my Solicitor), my local lib dem team and many others who supported me through this dreadful experience. There are many worse things that happen to people, but this was a really bad experience.
It is bad enough to have false allegations made about yourself to the police, but to have a concerted campaign involving your political opponents and many others in public creates an environment in which it is reasonable to be concerned about ill founded vigilante attacks on your family and yourself. Luckily there was a more substantial lobby to the contrary as well, which included many people who were themselves real survivors of abuse, which has helped.
I am normally someone who helps other people fight injustice. …

Homelessness vs Selling Books

Candidates in elections tend to find themselves very busy with lots of things to do.  It is, therefore, necessary to prioritise things to ensure that the important things are dealt with.

To me the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping is an important issue.  Therefore, when Birmingham's Faith Leaders group contacted me to ask me what I would propose and whether I would work with them to make things better I was pleased to respond with my views and indicate that I would work with them after the election.

The Faith Leaders Group (Bishops and other religious leaders in Birmingham) have now sent out their report.

Sadly, according to their report,  I was the only candidate for Yardley to respond.  The group in their report said:

"Particularly disappointing was the lack of response from some of those candidates seeking re-election as MP for their respective constituencies."
It is worth looking at the priorities of my opponent.
Interestingly today she has decided to be at th…

Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.

I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…