Wednesday, 29 April 2015
There's a huge story breaking on the Isle of Wight last night.
TBG has learned that the agent for the Conservative Candidate Andrew Turner has sensationally resigned.
We understand that David Walter claims his position had become "untenable" amidst concerns about the "campaign fund" and the "style of management".
The news that one of Labour's biggest financial backers Unite are urging Ed Miliband to do business with Alex Salmond and the ultra left wing SNP simply exposes the risk Britain faces if it does not get behind David Cameron.
The latest GDP figures show that the job is far from complete and as we have seen by the results of the last few years of failed socialism in France only Conservative economics can keep the recovery going.
Anything else would be back to square one where we saw work fail to pay and more debt take business elsewhere.
Which is why anyone contemplating voting Labour or Ukip needs to think twice or they may be putting their own jobs in the private sector at risk too.
In Britain the economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year and is up 2.4 per cent over the last year.
The economy has grown by almost 10 per cent over the last five years.
And Britain’s economy is 4 per cent bigger than the pre-crisis peak when Labour’s Great Recession saw the economy shrink by 6.0 per cent.
New figures also show there are now 2 million more people in work than in 2010.
That'S 1,000 jobs every since the last election.
Over the last year 80 per cent of the jobs created have been full-time.
Over 70 per cent of the rise in private sector employment has been outside London.
What these latest economic figures show is that the job is far from complete.
As we have seen by the results of the last few years of failed socialism in France only Conservative economics can keep the recovery going.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
ALEXANDRA PATERSON is said to be "fired up" for tonights Channel 4 'Youth Leaders' Debate' Live and exclusive on Channel 4's new online service All4.
Expect the Conservative Future Leader Paterson to deliver huge blows to UKIP's Jack Duffin and Labour's Alex Harding.
You can watch Paterson's Channel 4 promo video HERE.
Another day and another telephone poll gives the Conservatives a six point lead over Labour.
What this shows is that this election has got 1992 written all over it.
Back then with one week to go Neil Kinnock's Labour had a ten point lead.
Today with a week and a bit to go it's not even neck and neck.
Today, it's not the Labour Leader scaring off voters.
Instead it's just the thought of the SNP with ORB today reporting that no less than 25% of voters less likely to back Labour At the thought of the Scottish Nationalists holding the balance of power and 29% of potential Ukip voters saying that they could vote Tory at the thought too.
We will see!
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has sensationally told TBG that the future of healthcare should be in the home.
On a visit to Skegness Hospital the Health Secretary told roving reporter Geoff Brooking of his ambitious vision:
"Why should people have the pressure of waiting at an Accident and Emergency Unit when we have the resources to treat them at home?"
"Treating and looking after people in the comfort of their own home is the future of healthcare in Britain."
Indeed as more and more pregnant women choose to give birth at home it seems as if the NHS is looking to treat many ailments and injuries in the comfort of peoples homes, releiveing pressure on A&E departments.
Monday, 27 April 2015
DAVID CAMERON has told TBG that he has "full confidence" in Alan Mak after the Havant Ukip candidate John Perry launched a personal attack with "inaccurate" facts at a recent Hustings event.
The Prime Minister told roving reporter Geoff Brooking at an event in Lincoln:
"Alan Mak will be an outstanding local MP and a strong national voice for Havant."
"Alan was a very popular choice amongst Havant's residents and I hope they back him on May 7th."
TBG has today been on the campaign trail in Boston and Skegness this weekend and one has to say that whilst the Conservatives campaign has been very low profile the same cannot be said of Ukip.
TBG has seen lots of literature from Ukip including no less than three full pages of adverts in the East Lindsey Target but residents in the Scarborough Ward have so far heard nothing from the Conservatives.
Even the Lib Dems have stuff out.
But if nominations are anything to go by Ukip are on to something.
Backed up by the recent defection of John Byford from the Conservatives, Ukip have far and away got more candidates than any other party for the local elections and despite telling TBG last year that he too would be standing it appears that in a major gamble Robin Hunter Clarke has put all his eggs in one basket.
TBG is very impressed with Ukip campaigning but the same can't be said for the quiet and sometimes absent Conservatives.
Asked by TBG roving reporter Geoff Brooking what his priorities are Hunter Clarke said:
"Controlling immigration and fighting for the investment our area needs."
"We have been ignored for years and it isn't funny."
"Every time there is an election the same old party comes along with a raft of new promises and despite all those years in charge they have completely failed to deliver positive change."
"We have had years of Conservative control in Boston."
"People say that they are voting for me so that I can be there powerful local voice."
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."
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Farage says there's "no problem" with him doing business with Tories
It might not go down too well with Tory candidate in Great Grimsby, Marc Jones, but it may be crucial in determining the outcome of the 2015 General Election.
Nigel Farage is today calling for members of the electorate to vote "tactically" to keep Ed Miliband out of Downing Street.
With Ukip yesterday reducing its total number of target seats to just ten Farage is calling for Conservatives to vote tactically to keep out Labour in Great Grimsby, Rother Valley and Dudley North.
Asked by TBG on the campaign trail in Essex yesterday about Ukip's latest re-assessment the Ukip Leader said:
"One of the things I have completely failed to understand is how the Conservatives would want to say Vote Ukip, Get Labour in constituencies like Great Grimsby, Rother Valley and Dudley North."
"A Labour Government backed up by the SNP would not be a very good thing for the country."
Pressed by TBG if he would help David Cameron lock Alex Salmond and Ed Miliband out of Downing Street Farage replied:
"Well, if that were possible then we would try and do it!"
And in an astonishing turn of events Mr Farage also said that there is now "no problem" with him doing business with the Conservative Leader.
Previously Farage has said that Mr Cameron would have to "resign" before any deal could take place.
TBG understands that Farage's new policy is now to work towards Mr Cameron's goal of an EU Referendum in 2017 but only so long as the Tories match his commitment of 2% of national income being spent on defence after EU President Jean Claude Juncker this week tried to rule out any British E.U. re-negotiation until 2019.
The move by Farage has been welcomed by former Conservative Home Editor Tim Montgomerie who tells today's Times that Ukip should "quit while they are ahead" adding:
"I've been a pretty persistent critic of the leadership of the (Conservative) party."
"I don't think he (David Cameron) has ever done enough to orientate tory policy towards the low paid and to young people waiting to get on the housing ladder."
"If Ukip was polling at the level of support it won at the last election the Conservatives would now be heading for a comfortable victory over Ed Miliband's Labour Party."
"Ukippers, quit while you are ahead!"
Latest Ashcroft Polls suggest that Labour lead Ukip by 35% to 34% in Great Grimsby, by 40% to 34% in Rother Valley and by 37% to 34% in Dudley North.
EXCLUSIVE: Tory Youth Leader Slams Labour’s Solution to Britain’s Problems As 'Downright Dangerous'.
CF Leader's Election Diary (Pt.5)I’m sure like me over the past couple of days you’ve been reading the manifestos launched by the different political parties. Some of the policies range from the sensible to the downright bizarre.
David Cameron outlined plans to extend the Right to Buy to include housing associations, allowing 1.3 million more people to buy their own home. A Conservative government would also take the family home out of Inheritance Tax so that people who have worked and saved hard throughout their lives can pass their home onto their families. Cameron has also made the important commitment to protecting our national security by renewing Trident.
Other key policies were raising the Personal Allowance to £12,500 and ensuring that people working 30 hours a week on the Minimum Wage would not pay Income Tax. This is a manifesto which has a clear long term plan to continue and build on the hard work we’ve done over the past five years.
Compare this to Labour’s ‘solution’ to Britain’s problems, which is more borrowing, more taxes and a welfare system that punishes work, showing that Same Old Labour would waste taxpayers’ money if the unthinkable happens and they enter Downing Street. However, the prize for most wacky left wing ideas must go to the Green Party for their pledge to ensure UK taxpayers' money is not used for bullfighting.
More disturbing is their wish for a strange Utopia which requires Britain to only have a ‘defensive defence’. These ideas are not just mad, they are downright dangerous.
Also this week, a Unite Students poll has indicated that despite Labour assertions to the contrary, students are looking to vote in huge numbers (85%) in the General Election, with 36% believing that David Cameron would make the best Prime Minister, over 30% saying that Ed Miliband would. UKIP were trailing abysmally at just 5%.
On the campaign trail, I was out canvassing for Michelle Donelan in Chippenham on Saturday with the Conservative Women’s Organisation, #LadiesThatLeaflet. Michelle is wonderful candidate and it is crucial this seat is a Con Gain on May 7th. I would encourage anyone that can go out and help Michelle to get on the train to Chippenham, this is a seat where you can make a real difference.
I also met up with the team at Bite the Ballot to record an interview on the importance of youth engagement in politics and to talk about the Conservative Manifesto. They described me as ‘feisty’ which I hope isn’t code for something else. Last night I was on Panel at Sussex Questions, which is a Question Time style debate hosted by Sarah Montague at the Royal Institute of Great Britain. It was a lively discussion and has got me in the mood for the upcoming Youth Leaders Debate. A good week all round I’d say.
The 2015 Conservative manifesto proves once and for all that the Conservative Party are the party of the workers for the next five years.
Under the last Labour Government we had record levels of youth unemployment yet under the Conservatives unemployment for all has constantly fallen.
Under the last Labour Government Ed Miliband helped run up a record peacetime deficit and Mr Miliband still refuses to admit Labour spent too much.
He even forgot the deficit in his conference speech.
For all Labour's words, their Manifesto is one that means for more taxes, higher borrowing and the SNP holding Ed Balls purse strings all along.
The choice at this election could not be clearer.
Either a Conservative Party backing small business and enterprise with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes or a Labour Party obsessed with bureaucracy and higher jobs taxes.
Either more of the same old tax and spend under Labour or the chance to take advantage of an economy on the mend under the Conservatives.
Either higher interest rates caused by more borrowing under Labour or lower interest rates and a better chance of buying your own home under the Conservatives.
Either a Conservative Party committed to an EU Referendum in 2017 or a Labour Party who continue to rule one out.
And either a Conservative Party that will support people who have worked hard and done the right thing all their life or more welfare dependency under Labour.
In my opinion the answer is five more years of Conservative Rule or five years of economic chaos.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Cameron Tells Nation 'We Are The Party Of Workers': Tories Set to Take Minimum Wage Workers Out of Income Tax.
David Cameron launched the Conservative Manifesto for the General Election this morning by telling the country that it is the Conservatives who are the party of the workers.
The Prime Minister told a packed launch in Swindon:
"If you’re a young person looking for training."
"If you’re looking for a good job."
"If you want to buy your own home."
"If you’re raising a family and need help with childcare. Or a great school place for your child."
"If you fall ill, and need to rely on our NHS."
"If you are reaching retirement, and want real security we are there for you – offering security at every stage of your life."
"Yes, the Conservative Party – the real party of working people in our country today."
"The next five years are about building on those foundations."
"The next five years are about turning the good news in our economy into a good life for you and your family."
"Realising the potential of Britain."
"Not as a debt-addicted, welfare-burdened, steadily-declining, once-great nation which is what we found but a country where a good life is there for everyone willing to work for it."
"A good job, a good home, a good start for your children, a good and secure retirement."
Chief Whip Michael Gove exclusively told TBG's Geoff Brooking who was at the launch that the manifesto amounted to a "very meaty and policy rich" document.
Asked by if it would provide a breakthrough in the opinion polls Mr Gove exclusively told TBG:
"It's a game changer. I think that's already happened - it happened yesterday, didn't it!"
Or did it?
The Chief Whip was referring to a poll for the Guardian by ICM that gave the Conservatives a record six point lead over Labour which is the highest of the campaign so far.
Unfortunately it was contradicted by the latest Ashcroft poll which says that the race to Downing Street remains neck-and-neck with both Labour and the Conservatives on 33%.
Even though things look good for Charlie Elphicke in Dover and Martin Vickers in Cleethorpes, Ed Miliband's party seem to be making big in-roads in the close marginal seats of Crewe & Nantwich, Finchley & Golders Green and Milton Keynes South.
CHAIRMAN of London Conservative Future has issued a ‘call to arms’ to all activists in London to help out with the ‘Get out the vote’ operation in the capital on May 7th.
Speaking exclusively to The Blue Guerilla he said: "We know from past experience in 2010 and in the most recent local elections that Labour are incredibly effective at getting out huge numbers of activists that are bussed in by the Unions to get out the Labour vote. It’s clear that they will do so again this time round to support the Union-backed Ed Miliband.
"We need to make sure we aren’t outgunned on the day if we’re going to win. That’s why we’re having a huge push to get as many people out in the marginal seats as we possibly can. If people can spare any time at all during the day, it could make all the difference.
"We have a very short and simple form to fill in that people can use to let us know when they can help on May 7th, even if it isn’t for the whole day. We’ll then assign them to their nearest, most convenient target seat on the day (based on where they are travelling from) and there’ll be a dedicated CF contact to meet them there."
You can fill in the form HERE.
THERE'S Double Trouble for Ukip in Hampshire today.
Kim Rose, who is standing in the ultra-marginal Southampton Itchen, is to be questioned over allegations he tried to influence voters by giving away sausage rolls at a party event featuring snooker star Jimmy White on 21st February at a community centre in Weston.
Electoral Commission rules state food and entertainment cannot be provided by candidates to "corruptly influence" votes.
And Paul Lovegrove's decision to stand for Ukip in the Fratton Ward of Portsmouth has been greeted with horror by campaigners.
Mr Lovegrove has served two prison sentences - one for wounding with intent in 1996 and one for actual bodily harm in 2000.
Meanwhile, it's emerged that as well as standing as an Independent Parliamentary Candidate in Portsmouth South, Mike Hancock is also standing for the Fratton Ward he used to represent on Portsmouth City Council too.
Hancock's victim "Annie" told TBG last week that his decision to stand for Parliament was repugnant so TBG can only wonder what she thinks to this?
Friday, 10 April 2015
Whilst Road Trip 2015 were busy delivering leaflets in his own backyard, Nigel Farage was in two of his big target seats this week.
Boston and Skegness where Robin Hunter-Clarke could become the youngest MP for a century and Great Grimsby where Victoria Ayling is still facing accusations of old links with the National Front.
To be honest, TBG was quite impressed with how Hunter-Clarke handled the media yesterday especially considering the scrum included highly respected figures such as BBC Political Correspondent and former Portsmouth News Political Editor Alex Forsyth along with fellow beeb reporters Danny Savage a Tim Iredale.
Farage met Skegness town councillors, had an ice cream with Hunter-Clarke and was presented with a mini keg of beer from a microbrewery in Ingoldmells before going on to TWO public meetings each attended by over 400 people at the Boston Haven High Academy where he was asked if any settled migrants living and working in Boston had anything to fear from UKIP?
Farage replied to the question by saying that Eastern Europeans living in Boston musn't have any fears about UKIP winning the election so long as they are here legally and are of "good character".
"No one who has come to Britain legally, are in work and are of good character would be asked anything other than to carry on doing what they are doing."
"We must be stricter about the type of people who come though. If people have got illness it's not for our NHS to deal with them - it's under great strain already", he said.
Whilst Farage got a good response with former Tory Robin Hunter-Clarke in Boston and Skegness, the same can't be said for the response he got with Victoria Ayling earlier in the day forty miles up the road in Great Grismby.
Such is the stir that the allegations of her former National Front links has caused, both Ayling and Farage had to enter a public meeting in the North East Lincolnshire town by a back door after left-wing protesters blocked the front entrance and a planned visit to the Hope and Anchor pub that has an ale named after the Ukip Leader had to be cancelled due to it being infiltrated by even more anti-Ukip protesters despite the landlord earlier going round personally barring every person who even looked like a protester.
Even so, Victoria Ayling claims that she is still on course for victory telling the Grimsby Evening Telegraph:
"We're just ahead of Labour in the polls."
"We've got a very good chance of winning and we want to show the people of Grimsby that we have got their interests at heart to promote Grimsby as a great place to do business."
Bookies make Hunter-Clarke an 11/10 shot to take Boston and Skegness and Ayling a more distant 6/4 shot to take Great Grimsby.
Lord Ashcroft's latest constituency polling in the seats however puts the Conservatives on 38% and Ukip on 35% in Boston and Skegness but make the contest closer in Great Grimsby with Labour on 35% and Ukip just one point behind on 34%.
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
THE LADY who was subjected to the advances of the former Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has today exclusively told TBG that she is "shocked and outraged" at his decision to stand for re-election.
Annie told roving reporter Geoff Brooking this morning that she, "does not believe anyone could have such audacity."
"I find it repugnant."
"Every time I see his face I am forced to re-live the whole trauma and ordeal."
"He should have resigned from public office long ago."
Meanwhile, both Gerald Vernon Jackson and Mike Hancock who are set to face each other in a Portsmouth News debate on April 23rd at the Portland Building in the city have entered yet another slagging match with each other.
GVJ says Hancock has no chance of winning the Portsmouth South seat.
However, Hancock has today replied to this saying:
"I was surprised to hear he was phoning around to check people's loyalty."
"Gerald can think what he likes."
"I got him out of more jams than I can care to remember."
TBG would love to learn more!
Shaun Owen with Tory Candidate Flick Drumond at local Thatcher memorial
Former Tory Volunteer Shaun Owen has today sensationally denied rumours that he infiltrated Portsmouth South Conservatives before jumping ship to Gerald Vernon Jackson's Liberal Democrats.
In an exclusive interview with TBG roving reporter Geoff Brooking, Owen says that the reasons he left the party were as follows:
"Firstly, when the Conservatives took control of the council they were in it for power like trippers which I don't like."
"Secondly, sitting in the Full Council Meeting on 15th July 2014 they discussed a Youth Parliament motion and I felt is was disgusting because the council indicated that close political relationships with looking after children, through associations such as the youth parliament are not advised or encouraged."
"Thirdly, the Conservatives didn't seem to like that I was talking to Lib Dems. I wasn't going to just blank them because they are from a different party. I am a people person."
"Fourthly, I did so much for the Conservatives and I felt I was the only one that was doing work."
"Fifthly, I was spoken to rudely by Chris Scott from CCHQ in a room full of people just for asking a simple question which was that they for they paid canvassers yet team leaders like me and Geoff Brooking got nothing."
"I emailed Stephen Gilbert making a complaint on they day it happened which was 23rd July 2014 but I got no response, I emailed CCHQ on 24th July 2014 but got no response. I wrote to David Cameron and got a letter back saying I did the right thing and this would be looked into yet again I got no response yet again."
"I wasn't just going to leave it."
"The more weeks that went by and I never heard anything the more I became really put off and the more I was getting angry that I was spoken to so rudely by a member from CCHQ so much so that i wasn't prepared to renew my membership."
"In my opinion you don't treat your volunteers like crap."
"I gave lots of hours of my time helping and got nothing to show for it."
"Flick Drummond never gave me back up, she wouldn't listen to anyone, made stupid decisions and the way she spoke to her campaign manager was appalling."
"And Seventhly, when i got back home from being at the office I was so stressed out it made an impact on my relationship with Jacqui, my ex partner who made me resign from the campaign team after what went on with Chris Scott."
"My membership of the Conservatives ran out on 19th August 2014 and didn't renew."
"I am not happy at the new Tory regime cutting services in Portsmouth, Cameron's lies about the dockyard, and CCHQ running the campaign in Portsmouth South because those in London don't know Portsmouth."
"Flick should be running her campaign - not them!"
"I Joined the Liberal Democrats on 1st November 2014 after having had a discussion with Nassar Kessell and explaining what happened."
"Gerald Vernon Jackson got in touch with me after Nassar informed him and it went from there."
Being in the Lib Dems I am less stressed and feel better in myself, I know Gerald is not a power tripper and that he looks after his volunteers by making me feel welcome and appreciating my efforts."
"Every Lib Dem works with each other as a team unlike the Conservatives."
"Overall, I felt this was the best decision because the Lib Dems Are for People not for Power."
Flick Drummond responded exclusively to tbg earlier by saying:
"I think he will fall out of love with the Lib Dems too once he realised what they are really like!"
PLEASURE SIR: Red Ed and Danczuk
SIMON DANCZUK is becoming a bit of a regular on TBG these days especially after the Katie Hopkins Debacle.
However, we couldn't help noticing recently that the Labour Candidate's wife Karen is a fellow councillor in the Kingsway Ward of Rochdale of Shakil Ahmed who's son Waheed tried to cross the border into Syria to join I.S Militants recently.
Waheed fled with eight other members of his family, but they were arrested in Turkey in the town of Reyhanli near the Syrian border.
Today though, not for the first time of Election 2015, our Simon has gone into one.
The Rochdale incumbent, who represents the area where the group were from, described them as "the enemy" and said the Government’s plans were not working to stop radicalisation spreading like "cancer".
Danczuk tells today's Daily Express that, "I think I speak for the vast majority of people in Rochdale in saying that this family will not be welcome back in Rochdale."
It's just a pitty he didn't have the same attitude towards Waheed when he was dishing out leaflets for Labour at recent local elections!
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
CF Chairman's Diary (pt.4)Battlebus2015: Are you on the bus?
There have been a lot of rumours flying around about a ‘Battlebus’ that will take place during the last two weeks of the election. To put the record straight, today I can ‘sensationally’ announce the launch of Battlebus2015.
I can also reveal a link to the Battlebus2015 launch video HERE.
During the last two weeks of the General Election short campaign, there will be two buses that will be ‘on tour’ in different parts of the country. The campaigning sessions will last for five days, each day visiting up to three marginal constituencies a day. You can do one session or both, whatever works for you.
Accommodation, food and drink for those five days will be arranged and FREE. There will be leading Conservative figures, such as Chairman of the National Convention Emma Pidding, joining us on the campaign trail and every evening there will be a guest speaker over dinner.
Founder of Battlebus2015 and Roadtrip2015, Mark Clarke exclusively told TBG: "We need a sprint finish. The Battlebus2015 will give us the manpower to let voters know that the Conservatives are fighting for every vote – where it matters, when it matters."
I’m already signed up and am extremely excited about this stage of the campaign. For any of you who have been on a Roadtrip over the past year know how much fun we have, and if you’ve always wanted to this is a great opportunity.
This is your chance to make a genuine difference to the result of the General Election. Spaces are filling up fast I’d advise signing up asap or risk missing out.
The question is, are you on the bus?
Sign up for BattleBus2015 HERE.
Friday, 3 April 2015
Home Secretary Theresa May has exclusively told TBG that she wants a "blanket ban" on legal highs.
Speaking in Portsmouth whilst on a visit to campaign with the Conservative Flick Drummond, the Home Secretary told TBG:
"We are looking to work on a blanket ban based on the sort Ireland has to make enforcement easier.”
“The problem is we can ban a substance and the people making it then slightly tweak the compound, and because we have banned that compound the next set is not covered by that ban."
"So we are looking at a different approach based on the impact they have on the brain.”
“We saw this was an issue when we came into government and took early intervention to deal with it through introducing temporary banning orders so that it was possible to act more quickly against these substances, rather than wait for the full expert opinion first.”
"We have taken a preventative strategy and introduced temporary banning orders and as a result 500 substances have been banned but we want to look further."
The news comes as Portsmouth is set to become only second city in country to enforce a legal highs ban.
The first city to enforce a ban which came into force recently was Lincoln.
Under the new rules, police in Lincoln have the power to confiscate the substances from anyone thought to have taken them.
Breaking the order is a criminal offence which could lead to an on-the-spot penalty or a fine from the courts.
Conservative Candidate for Lincoln Karl McCartney told TBG: "For years, I have been liaising with Lincolnshire Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP), a charity in Lincoln that provides housing and support services to vulnerable young people at risk, and other constituents who have been concerned about the effects of these substances."
"I made Ministers at the Home Office and the Department of Health aware of our concerns and have sought updates from local partners such as Lincolnshire Police and the City of Lincoln Council who I know have done their utmost to address the problem as best they can within the law."
Would the real Shaun Owen Please Stand Up?
That's the question on TBG's lips this morning after our astonishing coup yesterday exposed him as a possible plant in the Portsmouth South Conservatives.
Owen, from Tottenham Road in Portsmouth, which is a stone's throw away from Gerald Vernon Jackson's campaign office, recently changed his name from Shaun Rogers.
It was in the name Shaun Rogers that he stood as a Conservative candidate in Charles Dickens Ward at last years local elections after helping set up a job club with Tory Candidate Flick Drummond.
One comment currently under investigation after being received at TBG yesterday also suggests that Owen may have had past contact with the Portsmouth Labour Party too and may have had another name change as well.
This is currently under investigation.
It does however continue to beg the question: Would the real Shaun Owen Please Stand Up?
Thursday, 2 April 2015
The news that Ed Miliband's Campaign is at war on three fronts today less than 48 hours after the General Election Campaign begun just shows what a complete and chaotic laughing stock Labour would be in government.
Firstly, whilst on one hand Miliband and Balls are arguing for their own spending cuts on the other AT LEAST FORTY Labour candidates headed by former leadership contender John Mcdonnell are clearly unhappy.
Secondly, whilst on one hand Miliband is trying to stand tough on immigration on another hand yet another former leadership contender, Dianne Abbott, is leading a backlash against a mug being sold by Labour in which the party trumpets its commitment to a tough immigration system by tweeting that it is a shameful embarrassment.
And thirdly, whilst on one hand Ed Miliband is criticising Conservative plans for the 2017 in or out referendum on the EU on the other leading figures in the party including Keith Vaz, John Cryer, Kate Hoey, Jim Dowd, Rosie Cooper, Graham Stringer and Natascha Engel are all saying publicly that they still favour one.
People need a Government committed to leading a united front with the commitment of an EU Referendum, getting the deficit down, cutting income tax, creating more jobs and helping small business which is exactly what David Cameron's Conservatives stand for.
What they don’t need is weak leadership and open division, which, along with policies such as higher spending, more debt, higher taxes which would ultimately lead to higher interest rates and job losses is exactly what Ed Miliband's Old Labour stand for.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
ED MILIBAND'S Campaign are at war on three fronts today just 48 hours after the General Election Campaign begun.
First, AT LEAST FORTY Labour candidates are unhappy at Ed Miliband's plans for Labour spending cuts in Ed Balls first Budget should they win the General Election.
The group opposed to the proposed spending cuts is headed by John Mcdonnell.
In an article for the New Statesman the Leader of the Socialist Campaign Group says:
"The first row will be around austerity unless we get this right ... I think it will change, inevitably it will change."
"I think it will be clear from pressure coming back from constituencies and individual MPs that we need a Labour government quickly making a change".
McDonnell and his bloc of forty potential MPs is vowing to vote against any Budget or Spending Review that includes cuts.
Secondly, former leadership contender Diane Abbott is leading a backlash against a mug being sold by Labour in which the party trumpets its commitment to a tough immigration system.
Alongside a picture of the red mug Ms Abbott tweeted: "This shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all."
And thirdly, TBG has also learned today that a number of candidates are unhappy at Ed Miliband's criticism of Tory plans for an EU Referendum in 2017.
They are said to include Keith Vaz, John Cryer, Kate Hoey, Jim Dowd, Rosie Cooper, Graham Stringer and Natascha Engel.
SPECULATION is sweeping Portsmouth this morning that a former Tory candidate in the city, Shaun Owen, may have actually been a plant in the party for Gerald Vernon Jackson's Liberal Democrats.
Owen announced his defection from the Tories to the Lib Dems recently but TBG can exclusively reveal that suspicions that he may have been a Lib Dems plant arose last year when he started becoming pally with a number of Lib Dems on Facebook despite spending a number of hours each week working in Flick Drummond's campaign office.
These included local councillor Ben Dowling closely followed by Nassar Kessell, Suzy Horton and another former Tory, Lee Hunt.
He was also allegedly seen behaving strangely at a Conservatives Road Trip 2015 event attended by Michael Gove in the constituency last year too.
Last week, former Council Leader and Liberal Democrats Councillor Gerald Vernon Jackson tweeted: "Great to have ex Tory council candidate saying he is much better treated as an activist now that he is an Lib Dem."
Ironically, up until last year Owen was one of the leading members of Flick Drummond's campaign team with responsibility for the input of crucial canvassing data. This was a role also held by former Tory Lee Hunt when he worked for Caroline Dineage's Campaign Team in 2005 before he too jumped ship to the Lib Dems.
Whilst TBG is not suggesting that any data has been either stolen or leaked, when TBG's roving reporter Geoff Brooking canvassed Owen's house in the city with other Tories on 22nd November he showed no signs that he had jumped ship.
Today's news that the Lib Dems may have had a plant inside the Tories comes less than one year after TBG itself was caught having its own plant in Ukip.
The distinction this time though is, where as Geoff Brooking was a plant for TBG and not the Conservative Party, it seems increasingly likely that Owen was a plant in the Tories but for the Liberal Democrats.
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