How long does it take to deliver leaflets to the whole parliamentary consituency?

Answer is, it depends on the constituency. Whether it is rural, lots of compact estates, full of flats etc. A lot also depends on the deliverers and the speed they can walk. There are approximately 35,000 homes in most constituencies and on average a deliverer can do 100 an hour.

So a just a small question of finding 350 man hours…and some may even do this more than once in an election campaign.

It does sound a lot but again it depends on how big the local party is, how many activists, how many activists are prepared to deliver to more than just a couple of streets. Bromsgrove Lib Dems are not a large local party but luckily its activity rate is high as a percentage of its membership, although I am pulling out all the stops with my mum, wife, mother in law and friends all giving a hand.

As the candidate I’m doing a fair bit of deliveries but my primary role is to meet people and organisations  so they get to know me, I can understand their concerns and help them where possible now. However, how I do in the elections will be firmly down to the legwork the deliverers have put in, so thanks in advance team!

P.S. If you’d like to help or wish to donate to the Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats election campaign then contact me via:

e-mail: Phil@philipling.org.uk

phone: 07545589693

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BNP to have a parliamentary candidate in Bromsgrove

For the first time ever in Bromsgrove the BNP will have a parliamentary candidate at a General Election, as revealed by the Bromsgrove Advertiser. This doesn’t surprise me as they fielded 9 candidates in the County elections this year, but what surprises me is the support they had, achieving c.10% of the vote in some wards.

The BNP are running on banning any possible mosques being built in Bromsgrove, but there are very few Muslims in Bromsgrove, and in fact ethnic minorities are only c.3% of the population, well below the national average.

So at the top level Bromsgrove does not seem to have the ingredients which could allow parties such as the BNP to pick up support. What it does indicate is that the main parties in the area have not listened, or addressed sufficiently, voter concerns and the BNP are able to pick up those who want to voice their anger. Ignoring the BNP will not make them go away. Only by engaging with the disaffected voters will this be possible, many are not racists, but are looking for someone to blame as they feel neglected by what the mainstream political parties offer.

I am prepared to debate (and listen) wherever and whenever with any political party or any voter. As the BNP’s appearance on Question Time showed, media exposure does not allow a platform to recruit more voters, but exposes the true nature of the party.

What does it feel like to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bromsgrove?

My selection as the Lib Dem PPC for Bromsgrove was confirmed last night at a hustings in Blackwell. After sorting out a few things for the media and a relatively early night I was awoken by my mother who wondered why I hadn’t informed her of the result? she was still working as I went to bed being my chief reason!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to contesting the next General Election in Bromsgrove and giving the voters a real choice there. At last when canvassing I can say I’m the candidate and really push forward the Lib Dem ideas for the area, whereas we’ve mainly been information gathering at present. Many months of hard work ahead (although there is a lot of debate about whether it’ll be 25 March rather than 6 May now) and I’m slowly but surely pulling together my team of willing volunteers.

Our parliamentary candidates should at least pay tax in the UK

It was revealed today in the Sunday Times that Zac Goldsmith, prospective Tory parliamentary candidate for Richmond, has non-domicile tax status, meaning he’s not paying huge UK income tax on his £200m fortune.

He is planning to change his tax status in 2010, which is conveniently when the next General Election will be. I wonder if he’d change his situation if he wasn’t running for parliament???

It’s nice to know as the country suffers one of the worst recessions in modern history with tax rises and spending cuts on the horizon, a member of the political and social elite has been looking after his own situation. As George Osborne would say “We’re all in this together”…