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How can you Help?

by Owen Temple on 22 May, 2017

Elections are bruising. As a candidate, they lift you up and they can dump you just as fast. Today’s been a good day with a previously unknown supporter driving to Consett to pick up some posters – fired up to support a political party for the first time. No sooner had he left than the phone […]

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Tory candidate should come clean on where she lives

by Owen Temple on 17 February, 2015

I received a copy of the Conservatives pre-election leaflet claiming to introduce your “local candidate” for the North West Durham Constituency. “Charlotte ….. of Shotley Bridge” it claims. Coyly it mentions that she is a councillor in a unitary authority. It doesn’t say which one. In fact it’s Wokingham in Berkshire, 285 miles from Willington […]

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Countdown Zero – It’s in your hands

by Owen Temple on 6 May, 2010

Most of you will have voted by the time you read this. Many of you voted days ago. Thank you for that, whichever way you voted. If you haven’t yet voted I ask two things of you: Please go out and do it. Democracy, even in the imperfect form we experience, is precious Vote for what […]

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Countdown 1 – Leafletted out

by Owen Temple on 6 May, 2010

At last my house can start to return to normal. I was determined that by the end of today not a single leaflet would be left in my home – they would all be shoved through letterboxes, because an election leaflet has no value once people have voted. Of course, you never know what value a […]

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Countdown 2 – First time voters

by Owen Temple on 4 May, 2010

I’ve met a number of first time voters today – or potential first time voters since not all of them are intending to vote. The issues vary as they do for us all – Jobs, tax, chances for children and whether there’s any point. Can we be trusted? At one house I’d already had a chat […]

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Countdown 3 – Real friends

by Owen Temple on 4 May, 2010

The North West Durham Lib Dem team have been working overtime. So much so that, although we had printed all the leaflets we thought we’d be able to deliver before Polling Day, last night there was a need to print a further 4,000. It was in the safe hands of one of our team. At […]

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Countdown 4 – Australia fair

by Owen Temple on 2 May, 2010

Out and about today I met a gentleman who clearly originated from Australia. “Have you got a chance here?” he asked. “I want to vote Conservative but I don’t want to waste my vote.” I explained, quite fairly I think, that the Conservatives have no chance of winning North West Durham. The next MP will […]

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Countdown 5 – straws in the wind

by Owen Temple on 1 May, 2010

There was certainly a wind in Consett this morning – and a cold one at that – but I came away feeling really warmed again. Lots of people blanked us – which is to be expected and may mean any number of things – but lots of others came up to wish us luck or […]

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Countdown 6 – Guilty!

by Owen Temple on 1 May, 2010

I found today really hard, because I’d asked other people to go out and do the hard miles on the pavements whilst I organised the final push for the latter stages of the campaign. It’s necessary, but much less fun than being out there with the team (even if it does have the advantage of […]

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Countdown 7 – Burning the candle at both ends

by Owen Temple on 30 April, 2010

The days get longer in this election campaign – literally as we move through spring towards summer, but also just trying to keep on top of things, especially emails.  Mostly a bit of research, together with the manifesto, provides a reasonably ready response to most questions, but sometimes they are just too precise, or too […]

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