Friday, April 15, 2005

More from Stockton South

I have already mentioned earlier the Tory campaign to win Stockton South - the reason I consider this interesting is more down to the celebrity candidate than down to serious belief a Tory victory there will place them in line to get an overall majority.

The Tories are cultivating the constituency quite strongly. On the first day of campaigning, Theresa May visited, and yesterday Michael Howard made his comments condemning Labour immigration policy in the wake of the ricin plot trial whilst on a visit there.

As far as I can tell, there has been no similar attention paid by leading Labour figures. Now, in the last election, too, many leading Tories went to the constituency. We know how successful that was. But the genuine problems facing the Labour Party - most notably apathy - may actually see a minor shock sprung here.