Thursday, 23 April 2015
TBG is going on the campaign trail for the Conservative Candidate Matt Warman in the marginal seat of Boston and Skegness this weekend.
Judging by last night's poll news we couldn't have timed it any better.
A few days ago we reported that Ukip Candidate Robin Hunter Clarke had high hopes after an Ashcroft Poll showed that he was within three points of the Conservatives.
Last night brought a turn for the worse for the former Tory councillor turned Young Independence figure though.
The poll, for ITV News, shows that in the ten seats where Ukip have the best chance of beating a sitting Conservative, the party, on average, is polling at just 21%.
The Conservatives in these seats are on 39% and astonishingly Labour are in second place now on 28%.
The poll is a huge boost for the Conservatives who are neck and neck with Labour in the Poll of Polls but are consistantly polling ahead of Labour in Telephone Polls with one last week giving David Cameron a six point lead.
Warman told TBG that he thinks that if the Conservatives are to win then they need to change.
"The public isn’t apathetic about politics – they’re just fed up with politicians."
"From the juvenile baying at Prime Minister’s question time to the sleaze surrounding MPs’ expenses, voters are rightly disillusioned."
"From the constant sniping and insult throwing between the main parties to the attack campaign advertising, politicians need to realise their own poverty."
"We need a growing economy to invest locally, and I hope to be the MP we need to raise the issues we face at the highest levels - only that will make the vital difference between complaining and improving our area."
"No other party can bring the attention of ministers who can make a difference to our area."
TWO General Election Candidates have had their campaign posters deliberately targeted by graffiti vandals in Hampshire, TBG can sensationally reveal.
Former Young Independence National Chair Candidate Chris Wood is angry after someone vandalised his campaign banner with a Hitler-style moustache.
Wood told TBG:
"I have put a lot of my own money into this campaign and spent hours designing this advert from scratch, so to see it defaced in this manner actually makes me rather angry."
"Someone thinks they’re being funny or they’re making a disgusting and wholly wrong political point."
"Either way it is criminal damage and incredibly offensive."
"I’m sure the public will see this for what it is, vandalism plain and simple."
The same thing also happened to a poster of Nigel Farage in Portsmouth North prompting local chairman Stuart Potter to tell TBG:
"It is sad that someone has done it."
"Ukip is nothing like the Nazis."
Fareham Tory Suella Fernandes, who features in the legal section of today's Times, has also become a victim after one of her posters was recently damaged with the words "Millionaire Barrister No Thanks" written on it.
Ms Fernandes told TBG roving reporter Geoff Brooking on the campaign trail in Locks Heath this morning:
"I'm dissapointed at such personal attacks."
"Whoever has made them has got their facts wrong."
"I live here in Locks Heath."
"I've stopped working in the Courts."
"And if I get elected I will be a full-time MP."
Thankfully, so far, nobody has picked on Portsmouth South Conservative Candidate Flick Drummond.
Earlier this year The Spectator reported that plans for a set of campaign posters for Flick had to be revised after the Conservatives realised that, from a distance, the poster could be misread as another word starting with the letter F.
Thankfully, despite pressure from Campaign Manager Glynne Bartlett for her to use the name Felicia instead, our Flick has so far escaped the latest round of graffiti vandalsim unscathed.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
EXCLUSIVE: UKIP Play-up Hopes of Winning Havant But Local Tory Says Cameron Should be Allowed to Finish Job.
UKIP have sensationally claimed that they are on course for a shock victory in the Havant constituency in the forthcoming General Election, TBG can reveal.
Scores of Ukip supporters were in the town's High Street on Saturday and according to TBG roving reporter got a good response too.
So, when asked if he thinks he can pull off a huge shock Ukip candidate John Perry told TBG:
"Absolutely yes, we polled 8% more votes than the Conservatives in the last national election (Euro Election in 2014) and I see no reason to assume that margin will not increase based on UKIP policies."
"We have received a great deal of support in Emsworth and Hayling Island too and residents are very sympathetic to UKIP policies."
"There are 10 UKIP candidates standing for the 10 wards on Havant Borough Council also and all are committed to performing as councillors serving the residents to the very best of their abilities if elected."
"We in UKIP are very optimistic about a successful outcome."
Former Cabinet Minister David Willetts won the seat in 2010 for the Conservatives with a majority of 12,160.
Ukip's confidence has failed to distract Conservative Candidate Alan Mak though.
In an exclusive interview with TBG whilst out campaigning on Hayling Island this morning Mak Hits Back saying:
"Conservatives are getting a positive reception on the doorstep."
"We are campaigning every day, and have a large and growing team of volunteers."
"We are working hard for every vote, and taking nothing for granted."
"The economy is the number one issue."
"Havant’s economy is doing well locally, and people are keen that we finish the job of fixing Labour’s deficit."
"My other focus is backing local schools and colleges to ensure young people have the skills to take on the many technical, engineering and high-skilled roles on offer locally.”
"There is a big sense of momentum on the campaign, and we need to keep going until polls close!"
TWO Cabinet Ministers were in Portsmouth on the same day over the weekend and both had differing opinions as regards the future of the city.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told an audience of Lib Dems at the Spinnaker Tower that he would fight to increase shipbuilding in the city and to increase investment into defence.
"Do not believe a word the Conservative candidate in Portsmouth says. People do not want an ideological experiment in cuts."
"There are 18 days to go and we need to work very hard for the sake of the people in Portsmouth and for the sake of the Royal Navy."
"Gerald Vernon-Jackson has lived within his means yet protected local public services in Portsmouth."
"He has brought millions into the city and extended the number of primary school places by 1,000."
"It is a fantastic record for a man and he is not even MP yet."
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told TBG roving reporter Geoff Brooking whilst out canvassing in the Fratton area of the city:
"Portsmouth is a key seat that we are targeting to win from the Liberal Democrats to get a Conservative majority government."
"We are making our arguments directly to the voters who are thinking about what kind of government they want in Westminster after May 7."
"They are considering whether they want David Cameron to lead the government or whether they are prepared to have the chaos of a government led by Ed Milliband and propped up by the SNP."
Meanwhile mystery surrounds how residents in the Portsmouth North constituency last week found flyers were posted through their doors supporting Portsmouth South candidate Flick Drummond.
Mrs Drummond told TBG:
"Some of our deliverers are probably very enthusiastic in their leafleting and did it by mistake."
"The south side of Powerscourt Road is Portsmouth South and the north side is Portsmouth North."
"So it just means that some of our deliverers have gone down both sides."
Sir John Major is absolutely spot on to warn of the threat posed by the SNP holding Labour to ransom in any future government along with the ultra left wing Green Party and Welsh Nationalists.
All three of them want more borrowing, more spending, an end to welfare reform, and far more people dragged into higher tax brackets.
As the former Prime Minister rightly pointed out, it is only five years since Britain was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Which is exactly why people, especially those thinking of deserting the Conservatives for Ukip, need to do their homework on the SNP.
The SNP have already offered to support Labour in an anti-Conservative alliance.
The SNP are deeply Socialist.
So if the SNP are going to be holding Labour to ransom just what is England going to gain out of it?
I will tell them what England will get out of it.
England will gain nothing for it is ultimately English taxpayers would will pay for the SNP’s ransom in our daily lives through their socialist rot of higher taxes, fewer jobs, and more and more debt.
All that will happen is exactly what happened after Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair.
Labour and the SNP will move further and further to the Left and the great tax paying and law abiding citizens will yet again pay the price.
It's a price Britain cannot afford to pay.
For if Labour intends to behave towards England the way they would have to when Alex Salmond is pulling the strings it is nothing short of a recipe for mayhem.
People should stick with a brighter and more secure future for all.
People should stick with a Conservative Party that rewards hard work so that our economy is secure for the future and not put everything at risk by gambling with Labour and their friends in the SNP.
Monday, 20 April 2015
A LEADING Liberal Democrat activist in Portsmouth has left the party and pulled out of standing for the party for a place on Portsmouth City Council following a wave of abuse and threats from anonymous sources, TBG can sensationally reveal.
Today, in a dramatically revealing interview, Nassar Kasell from Portsmouth tells TBG:
"Since July 2014 I have been receiving threats, allegations and general abuse from all various people, including political opponents and people acting anonymously."
"The Liberal Democrats have been really supportive throughout this year, through the above situation and personal challenges that I have encountered."
"Over the last two months the attacks on myself have been getting worse and worse."
"They have become very personal and some even attacking members of my family who are not involved in the political arena."
"Despite advice and encouragement from many Lib Dems around the country I made the decision last month to leave the party and step away from my roles on the Portsmouth campaign."
"I still support the Liberal Democrats and have a huge amount of respect for Gerald in particular who has been an incredible support throughout this last year."
"I feel incredibly let down by the current administration at Portsmouth City Council who, in my opinion has aided these anonymous acting bullies."
"Various reports have been leaked by the administration and complaints have been dismissed to try and protect officers of the council who were involved."
"I am still a Liberal Democrat supporter and believe all our candidates deserve to be elected in this year."
"Portsmouth is in a state of decay, digression and outright nastiness."
"Only the Liberal Democrats in Portsmouth stand up for local people, listen to them and act honestly on their behalf."
"This has been evidenced by the actions that have been taken over the last year."
Ironically, the same source that has been using an anonymous e mail address to carry out the abuse tried to feed TBG with similar information about Nassar which was immediately forwarded to the police.
TBG will later today be requesting a response from the Leader of the Council and Gerald Vernon Jackson to this disgraceful situation.
UPDATE 22/04/15: Official response from local Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon Jackson
"The last year has been hard for Nassar. He took the decision to leave the Liberal Democrats a few weeks ago after yet another abusive email concerning him was sent to local councillors from an anonymous source. I and the rest of the Portsmouth Lib Dems wish Nassar well for the future."
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