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News from Iceland

In elections, Iceland on May 13, 2007 at 2:15 pm

I wasn’t aware there had been a general election in Iceland, and with the wall-to-wall coverage from Portugal and Tony Blair announcing his resignation, you could be forgiven for thinking nothing else has been happening in the news.

Well, there was an election in Iceland and it has been a cliffhanger. According to this report from Reuters, the pro-business government coalition has fought off the environmentalists, but by a majority of one.

May has so far been a good month for those of us on the right.

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Over 900 new councillors!

In Conservatives, elections on May 8, 2007 at 6:11 pm

The Conservatives have broken through the 900 barrier. We have 905 new councillors now, having gained seven seats in Warwick and we have taken control of Warwick District Council. No doubt the BBC will say we haven’t done that well!

Counting is still under way in Breckland, Norfolk.

UPDATE: We have gained six new councillors in Breckland. I make it 911 new councillors in total.

Electronic counting

In elections, electronic counting on May 8, 2007 at 3:02 pm

I am all for using new technology. I have more gadgets around my house than I can care to mention, but when it comes to elections can we now please say, counting by hand is better. It’s a system that works; it’s fun to watch when you are at the count and it allows candidates to find out the result within hours, unlike the candidates in Breckland and Warwick who still don’t know their results. Just like the ballot box itself, sometimes the old-fashioned ways work better.

Election Day Blues

In elections on May 6, 2007 at 3:42 pm

On election day, some of those candidates who stood a good chance of winning, were getting rather nervous. Those of us who knew we were going to lose, were – as you would expect – in a more jocular mood.

Shirley Bowes knew she was going to be defeated in the New Trimdon and Trimdon Grange ward on Sedgefield Borough Council. This ward contains Tony Blair’s house and the Trimdon Labour Club that has featured in the three previous general elections. As Mrs Bowes does not live in the ward she was standing in, she could not vote for herself. It’s a pity really, as she managed to go down in history as the candidate who polled zero votes. At least I managed 150. Well, 149, if you take my vote out of the equation. Click here for the full story.

On a more personal note, it was strange voting for myself. I took quite a long time looking at the ballot paper before I put the ‘X’ next to my name. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to win, I felt proud of myself for putting my head above the parapet and having a go. I will certainly do the same next year. I have gotten the bug now, and I don’t think I will be able to rest until I am elected.

The East Riding turns blue

In Conservatives, East Riding, elections, Hull on May 4, 2007 at 12:54 pm

It is nearly 2.00pm and I just got up around half an hour ago. Nearly 24 active hours in politics takes its toll and my whole body was crying for a rest.

As I was just a paper candidate in the KingsPark ward of Hull City Council, I didn’t go to my count, instead concentrating on the East Riding where I knew we could make gains. I managed to get the princely sum of 150 votes. Although that is not very many, I am pleased to say I nearly tripled the Conservative vote from four years ago. You can see what such a low base I am working from, so at least I have a start. The KingsPark ward should be natural Tory territory, however when the new housing estates were being built a few years ago the LibDems rushed in and hijacked the place. The electorate are now fooled in to thinking their LibDem councillors are are a hive of activity and are doing wonderful things for them. Well this next year I have a plan, which naturally I am not going to reveal, however there will be quite a few of us working on it.

Back to the East Riding. There was an electric feeling to the count. The Dale ward which always has had our councillor Rita Hudson topping the poll with two LibDems following, became completely blue. Willerby and Kirk Ella had three LibDem councillors who all lost. Snaith, Airmyn and Rawcliffe had two Labour councillors, who both lost their seats to Conservatives. I know of many gains elsewhere and the net result is the Tories sweeping to power in County Hall. In one night both the Liberal and Labour leaders lost their seats and by some considerable margin.

You simply couldn’t take the smile off any of our faces last night and it was a smile and not a smirk. Andrew Percy led a strong campaign to get our victories in Willerby and Kirk Ella, and we worked the ward more strongly than ever. We deserve our success. I am still waiting for all of the figures for the East Riding and I will be interested to see exactly what the percentage turnout was.

On a sadder note, I was disappointed Helen Green was not elected in Cottingham South. She run a fantastic campaign, and no-one could have worked harder than her to get elected. If she had been elected, it would have been the icing on the cake.

I am now looking forward to a rest. I don’t want to see another driveway or letterbox for quite some time, although I think after a few days I will miss it.

UPDATE: I have just seen the whole results for the East Riding. At total of 18 Conservative gains, to put us on 47 seats, LibDems 12, Labour 3, Independent 4, Social Democratic Party 1.
A Conservative majority of 27. Click here for the full results.

Election Day is here.

In East Riding, elections on May 2, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Well, the polls open in just over six hours and it is up to the Great British Public to decide. We have done everything we can to get our opinions across. Polling day is a very strange day. You can do things – yes. I will be telling at a polling station tomorrow morning for an hour and I will inputting data in to a computer. I will be knocking on doors and telephoning voters, doing my bit to get the vote out, but there really is very little I can do to shape the way people are going to vote.

The fun is going to start at 10.00pm when the count starts. I think we are going to be in for a long night. The votes in East Yorkshire are going to be close and I think the word ‘recount’ is something I am going to hear time and time again. I am going to record a video diary and hopefully post some highlights and inform everyone what goes on. It may take me a while to get all of this done, as exhaustion is setting in at the moment, but it will get done.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of good luck. I do appreciate them. It keeps me going!

Elections and the NHS

In Boris Johnson, elections, NHS on May 1, 2007 at 9:25 pm

The election campaign is going very well and I will be very happy come Friday when I will be able to put my feet up for a few days. Last Friday I was walking with a limp!

I have just been reading this article by Boris Johnson on the NHS. Please read it and the comments after it. This is the shambles of the NHS under Labour.

I will be back to normal blogging sometime next week when I get my breath back.

Au revoir, but not goodbye

In elections, Martine Martin on April 17, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Martine Martin said she will not be blogging until after May 3, and I will say exactly the same. I will post some video blogs, but apart from that I will be concentrating on the election campaign.

This is my week. Monday: Canvassing in Willerby. Tuesday: Canvassing in Cottingham South. Wednesday: Canvassing in Kirk Ella. Thursday: Canvassing in Cottingham North. Friday: Canvassing in Dale Ward. The weekend? Leafleting all over the constituency. As you can see I am very busy. I will be back to normal blogging after the election.

On the election trail

In Andy Percy, elections on April 15, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. I was out every night last week canvassing and this weekend I have been out leafleting. I had a good day yesterday. We were out and about in the East Yorkshire countryside. To hear more about it, just click on Andy Percy’s face and you will hear more.

Canvessing in Willerby.

In elections on April 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm

I have been out canvassing tonight and a very good evening it was. Just click on my face below and find out what has been going on.