Over the last few days one went into reminiscing mode over the Byelections in Rochester and Strood after doing some campaigning with various Labour activists across the UK helping to get our Labour candidate Naushabah Khan elected on the day. In my mind I thought her campaign team ran a very good campaign unlike UKIP and Conservatives who ran a very negative ones as their main aim was at immigration which they fail to address the positives of having immigrants who helped to rebuild our economy.
I have to give the labour team full marks for it as feel that she is a very remarkable woman which helped to make her shine like a rising star in 6 months time should she decides to re-stand again in the general elections 2015.
Thanks everyone for your kind words. Although I am disappointed that I will not be representing Rochester & Strood as an MP, I am proud of the campaign we ran and the incredible work everyone put in. I am not going to name names now, but there are those who clearly went beyond the call of duty and I am in awe of your dedication and enthusiasm.
A big thank you to all who helped with the campaign but also those who sent their messages of support. The last two months have been a bit of a whirlwind and a stark reminder of how important friendship and family are. I feel truly blessed to have such fantastic friends, family and colleagues.
I have to give a hat tip the leader of the Labour group Vince Maple had to say which sums it up for the Labour movement:
I am very proud to be Leader of the Medway Labour team today. Although we didn’t get the result we would have wanted in Rochester and Strood, there can be no doubt in Naushabah we had the best candidate (as stated by the Sun, the Spectator, the Guardian and many others). We ran a passionate positive campaign, listening to thousands of residents who are concerned about our hospital, our schools, the road system in Medway, decent housing and many other issues.
My personal thanks to all those who gave their time to assist us in both Rochester and Strood parliamentary and also the Peninsula by-election with our great local candidate Pete Tungate.
We will move forward towards May 7th next year where we will be united, fighting with our outstanding team of council candidates and our three brilliant parliamentary candidates looking to bring change to both Gun Wharf and Westminster.
Let’s not forget it was a sitting member of parliament who was a Conservative who was in fear of losing his seat had decided to defect to UKIP to save his seat so to me it was a waste of tax payers money in the first instance as they have only gone and elected the same person but under a different party name to help them gain credibility which they would not have stood a chance to win the seat which this reminds me of another gutless member of parliament from Clacton who did likewise in fear of losing his seat too. So in effect they allowed the fear of UKIP to dictate to them who are their master are and when Farage says jump they shout out “How high master”
UKIP now has two MPs compared to the Lib Dems (56), Tories (303) and Labour (257) respectively but you could nearly be fooled into thinking that they’ve just sown up the general election instead of winning a by-election. I’m disappointed by the results and increasingly anxious at the prospect of UKIP doing quite well in May (although by-elections are rarely accurate bellwethers of voter intentions in my experience) but it certainly won’t impede my determination to expose its corruption, deceit and hypocrisy.
Owen Jones, yet again right about the forces behind the emergence of UKIP – and also about the way we resist their rise. It won’t be done by either pandering to their agenda or by tinkering at the edges of a system which has failed so many voters. We need to inspire people again – with a vision of a better, more equal and democratic society. That requires an appeal to people’s emotions and sentiments rather than relying on the cold, tired and on-message story being told by safety-first Labour MPs up and down the country:
Despite all the utter rubbish in most of the press, ie boring overblown pictures of flags that were not as bad as has been implied! The reality is Labour is still doing well and ahead of the Tories. Sure it would be nice if that lead will go up a couple or 3 % points more. But it’s still enough for Labour to win given its current boundaries.
It is worth remembering that before `1997, the aim was at least to get a majority of one! It may seem crazy now but back before 97 in the run up to that election Labour was for most of time it was unsure what majority would be possible.
So if Labour had a majority of 1 in 2015 so be it, a win is a win. But in reality Ill put Labours majority at anything from 25/70.
“What lessons for those who resist the Ukipisation of British politics? Easy to feel mortified, depressed, despondent about the direction the country is heading down. But lessons have to be learned. The debate over the future of Britain will not be won by facts and mere details. We now know that sentiments matter. If a populist-minded left would learn these lessons – well, perhaps the rise of Ukip would not seem quite as irresistible as it seems today.”
There is hope for humanity and decency yet. Stopping the pure trash that is UKIP needs to happen. Ed needs to start fighting and get some more passion. Take on Farage and show how pathetic, ignorant and weak he is. There will still be enough voting for them to hurt the Tories. But do not let them into Labours backyard.
Any party that gets active support from the Nation Front (aka Britain First) is unfit to have any position of authority anywhere in Britain and in the EU. And UKIP has had just that. Many of their candidates have also come from the BNP. I’m with the 85% who do not want raciest twerps getting a say they do not deserve.
I looked into the voting pattern in the constituency from the 1868 -2014 interestingly it was also been a conservative seat except in in 1906 it went to the Liberals then 1922, 1929, Liberals again then from 1931 to 1935 it went to the National Liberals after the byelections 1954 it went back to the Conservatives until 1997 it went to Labour till 2005 it went back to Conservatives. Details can be obtained via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harwich_%28UK_Parliament_constituency%29
I love my country but of lately I have walked the streets in almost every towns and regions all I can witness is more of the same from this ugly #coalition which makes us all chock and we have a duty to honour by voting in a #Labour Government and its time to stand up and say to the nation #CameronMustGo