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Waddon residents reject Labour's negative campaigning
13/02/2009 07:43:00

Congratulations to Conservative candidate Clare Hilley who won yesterday's Waddon by-election. There was a 1 per cent swing from Labour to the Conservatives since 2006, which bodes well for our prospects in the Council elections next year - and the General Election too whenever the Prime Minister has the courage to call one.

I spent a lot of time in Waddon helping Clare - she's a friend plus I wanted to repay the fantastic support I have had from my Council colleagues since I got selected. I've worked on a lot of campaigns in my time and I know that all parties use negative campaigning from time to time but I've never known such a negative, dishonest campaign as the one Labour Leader Tony Newman has run over the last four weeks. How long is it going to be before his colleagues recognise that his approach to politics - don't waste any time working out why you lost last time or putting forward an alternative set of policies, just attack your opponents whenever you get the chance even if you privately agree with them - is going to cost some of them their seats in May 2010...

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