Well – I don’t think much of polling day in the Crewe by-election being called for 22 May. In an era when we are supposed to be engaging people in the political process it would seem that Labour have called it as quickly as is allowed using the antiquated rules on these matters. Of course this gives the advantage to the incumbant’s Party – so Labour are simply using what’s available. But that’s no reason to say the rules shouldn’t be changed. If you’re talking about listening and learning – well here’s a chance: change the rules so that all Parliamentary by-election campaigns have to be of a decent length, giving voters a chance to really find out about the choices on offer.
That having been said we took two seats off Labour in the elections last week – and the Labour leader of the council lost his seat – so we will work hard as usual – and as everyone knows – we are the by-election experts! Elizabeth Shenton is our champion this time – and best of luck to her and the team!