On the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Prime Minister David Cameron has supported his candidate for Northfield, Rachel Maclean in an interview with the Birmingham Post.
The Conservative party are targeting Northfield and Edgbaston constituencies in next year's general election and blaming the city's Labour council for recent harsh budget cuts, including the introduction of a green waste charge. However, Labour supporters cite the harsh reduction in funding from central government as the cause for local budget cuts.
Mr Cameron told the Post that he believes that strong feeling against the so called “garden tax” will help turn our local electorate blue in May. Of Mrs Maclean he said: “We have some excellent candidates who have been campaigning incredibly hard, such as Rachel Maclean in Northfield. Her work on the Garden Tax has highlighted the poor decisions the Labour city council have made, which caused a waste dumping chaos on the city’s streets.” Read full article.
Following a tweet by Rochester MP Mark Reckless, who today announced he had quit the Conservative party in favour of UKIP, it has been rumoured that the Tories intend to bus in Conservative campaigners to Northfield on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday, the day before his unexpected defection, Mr Reckless tweeted: “Good to lead coach for Team2015 campaigning in Birmingham Northfield on Sunday…” and rumours are that campaigners will be in the area tomorrow to try and win over voters.
The current Labour MP for Northfield Richard Burden writes on his website: “People from the local Labour Party in Northfield were out with me today in support of the NHS. I say “local” because the Conservative Party are holding their national conference in Birmingham and their London HQ is boasting that they are going to bus large numbers of people attending the conference from different parts of the country down to Northfield on Sunday afternoon.
“Their job, I hear, is to tell people everyone that things are going splendidly and how grateful they should be to messrs Cameron and Osborne.” Read full article
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