ELECTIONS: Can Labour keep a grip on East Lancashire?

Thousands of people will be going to the polls tomorrow

Thousands of people will be going to the polls tomorrow

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

TOMORROW, thousands of voters will go to the polls in East Lancashire, supposedly to vote for their local councillors and eight north west Euro-MPs.

However, for many it will be a chance to give their view on the main parties and register a protest vote.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hopes tomorrow’s polls will see a massive vote against membership of the European Union and be the springboard for major gains in the general election next year.

Tory leader David Cameron, in Pendle last week, hopes that the feel-good factor from economic recovery will start to show.

Labour strategists need evidence that their appeal has not faltered, while the Liberal Democrats are just hoping they have some voters left after a disastrous year.

The results in East Lancashire will be studied carefully by the experts of every party because they could hold the key to what happens next May.

The area includes some of the key marginals which will decide who wins power at Westminster.

Good Tory performances in Pendle, Rossendale and Darwen are vital if Tory MPs Andrew Stephenson and Jake Berry are to keep their seats.

For Burnley’s Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle, constantly trumpeting the town revival under the coalition government, a poor result means he has just 12 months left at Westminster.

Local issues and feuds will cloud the issue as Hyndburn yesterday proved. UKIP and the Greens hope to benefit from Labour’s chaos in the borough.

Labour hopes that its stewardship of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Rossendale and Burnley will allow it to tighten its grip on local politics and give it a fair wind, not just to keep its current seats but win new ones next year.

With limited hopes for the council polls, the LibDems hope that leader Nick Clegg’s challenge to UKIP leader Nigel Farage will give it a boost despite poor poll ratings.

Mr Farage is confident of a second north west Euro-MP and hopes to see grassroots councillors give his party boots on the ground for next year.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has played the ‘cost of living card’ saying the economic revival has not helped hard-working Britain and sent his deputy Harriet Harman and shadow chancellor Ed Balls to Pendle to hammer home the message.

Mr Cameron came to the constituency himself - to Silentnight in Barnoldswick - to show he cared and promised that ordinary people would get the benefit of the growing wealth his government’s austerity programme had paved the way for.

With no elections in Ribble Valley tomorrow, voters across the rest of East Lancashire will deliver a poll verdict that everyone else in the country will listen to.

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1:25pm Wed 21 May 14

cripplingstateofaffairs says...

Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street
Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street cripplingstateofaffairs
  • Score: 15

1:33pm Wed 21 May 14

onlyonesimongarner says...

cripplingstateofaffa
irs
wrote:
Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street
Hace to agree No one had knocked on my door, but we have mountains of xenophobic junk mail
[quote][p][bold]cripplingstateofaffa irs[/bold] wrote: Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street[/p][/quote]Hace to agree No one had knocked on my door, but we have mountains of xenophobic junk mail onlyonesimongarner
  • Score: 17

1:38pm Wed 21 May 14

noddy57 says...

l have had enough of the 3 main parties, its U K I P for me, Nigel Farage for no 10, he would rally the troops, he is just what this soft country needs, but we all know it will never happen, what a bloody shame.
l have had enough of the 3 main parties, its U K I P for me, Nigel Farage for no 10, he would rally the troops, he is just what this soft country needs, but we all know it will never happen, what a bloody shame. noddy57
  • Score: -8

1:55pm Wed 21 May 14

Bat E Karen says...

cripplingstateofaffa
irs
wrote:
Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street
I'm in Whitehall (Darwen, not London :) ) and thought exactly the same thing a couple of weeks ago. However, I've since had a visit from Sharon Aspden (who was canvassing with Jake Berry) and David Foster (current councillor).

As they are the only ones who could be bothered, it will be one of those, and they both also seem to care about our area.

As for the European election, I haven't a flippin' clue who's who and what it's all about.
[quote][p][bold]cripplingstateofaffa irs[/bold] wrote: Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street[/p][/quote]I'm in Whitehall (Darwen, not London :) ) and thought exactly the same thing a couple of weeks ago. However, I've since had a visit from Sharon Aspden (who was canvassing with Jake Berry) and David Foster (current councillor). As they are the only ones who could be bothered, it will be one of those, and they both also seem to care about our area. As for the European election, I haven't a flippin' clue who's who and what it's all about. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 10

2:53pm Wed 21 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Whatever your choice, we all need to get out and vote! It's apathy that got this shower in and it's about time we sent a message - you work for US the people!
Whatever your choice, we all need to get out and vote! It's apathy that got this shower in and it's about time we sent a message - you work for US the people! HarryBosch
  • Score: 14

3:26pm Wed 21 May 14

oldblue says...

Let us hope and pray that Labour do not "keep a grip on East Lancashire". They have supposedly had a grip for most of the last few decades and look at the state that we are in. From the self interested Jack Straw, now firmly ensconced back in Islington where he should have stayed (now far away from the mess he created) down to the local council packed with an increasing number of councillors promoting their own agenda, Blackburn has been transformed in my lifetime from a thriving working class market town into somewhere I am embarrassed to admit to as my home town.
Let us hope and pray that Labour do not "keep a grip on East Lancashire". They have supposedly had a grip for most of the last few decades and look at the state that we are in. From the self interested Jack Straw, now firmly ensconced back in Islington where he should have stayed (now far away from the mess he created) down to the local council packed with an increasing number of councillors promoting their own agenda, Blackburn has been transformed in my lifetime from a thriving working class market town into somewhere I am embarrassed to admit to as my home town. oldblue
  • Score: 16

3:38pm Wed 21 May 14

noddy57 says...

We in this country have short memories, Thatcher taking away the free milk in schools etc, yet who is in power yet again, these Tory,s are so **** arrogant its untrue,get e,m out asap.
We in this country have short memories, Thatcher taking away the free milk in schools etc, yet who is in power yet again, these Tory,s are so **** arrogant its untrue,get e,m out asap. noddy57
  • Score: -13

4:35pm Wed 21 May 14

Casper's mum says...

I'm not entirely sure who is standing in my area and have struggled to find out online. I too have had a lot of leaflets shoved through the door but each one just belittles every other party, none really tell me what that particular party/candidate intends to do for me and my area.

I will be going out to vote tomorrow though .
I'm not entirely sure who is standing in my area and have struggled to find out online. I too have had a lot of leaflets shoved through the door but each one just belittles every other party, none really tell me what that particular party/candidate intends to do for me and my area. I will be going out to vote tomorrow though . Casper's mum
  • Score: 11

4:57pm Wed 21 May 14

moxhie says...

I have had one candidate from my ward who has been to canvass for my vote .

She was the Labour candidate and she will get my vote .

I have seen nothing of the Conservative candidate .

I have seen nothing of the UKIP candidate . He actually stood as an Independent last time round .

It's strange how quite a few ex-Independents have become dependent on the UKIP Party .

Still UKIP are 'owt for tuppence .
I have had one candidate from my ward who has been to canvass for my vote . She was the Labour candidate and she will get my vote . I have seen nothing of the Conservative candidate . I have seen nothing of the UKIP candidate . He actually stood as an Independent last time round . It's strange how quite a few ex-Independents have become dependent on the UKIP Party . Still UKIP are 'owt for tuppence . moxhie
  • Score: -4

5:01pm Wed 21 May 14

shytalk says...

Given that the mainstream parties have shown themselves to be proven liars, and the Tories seem to take delight in kicking the poor and unemployed it only seems rational to vote UKIP
Given that the mainstream parties have shown themselves to be proven liars, and the Tories seem to take delight in kicking the poor and unemployed it only seems rational to vote UKIP shytalk
  • Score: 5

5:18pm Wed 21 May 14

Excluded again says...

cripplingstateofaffa
irs
wrote:
Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street
The Labour Party knocked on doors in the area behind Darwen Health Centre, two weeks ago. It would have been on the Tuesday or the Wednesday. Sorry we missed you.

If you contact the Labour candidate Dave Smith (his number and e-mail are on one of the three leaflets you have received from the Labour Party) he would be delighted to speak to you.
[quote][p][bold]cripplingstateofaffa irs[/bold] wrote: Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street[/p][/quote]The Labour Party knocked on doors in the area behind Darwen Health Centre, two weeks ago. It would have been on the Tuesday or the Wednesday. Sorry we missed you. If you contact the Labour candidate Dave Smith (his number and e-mail are on one of the three leaflets you have received from the Labour Party) he would be delighted to speak to you. Excluded again
  • Score: -6

7:44pm Wed 21 May 14

sugar is sweet says...

Labour is slowly but surely losing it's once firm grip within the Asian community in Blackburn. When will these so called 'elected politicians' realise, you can't fool us any longer with your fake promises and pretending to care. The new generation of voters can see through all the personal agendas, ego/power trips, electoral fraud and general clan based village politics mentality that is rife within local Asian politics.
Time for a change in Blackburn.
Think before you vote.
Labour is slowly but surely losing it's once firm grip within the Asian community in Blackburn. When will these so called 'elected politicians' realise, you can't fool us any longer with your fake promises and pretending to care. The new generation of voters can see through all the personal agendas, ego/power trips, electoral fraud and general clan based village politics mentality that is rife within local Asian politics. Time for a change in Blackburn. Think before you vote. sugar is sweet
  • Score: 10

1:01am Thu 22 May 14

english rose 1 says...

cripplingstateofaffa
irs
wrote:
Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street
The Darwen Labour Party candidate knocked on your door in Hope St about 2/3 weeks ago. If you were out at the time you will have received a 'sorry you were out' leaflet.
*
You have also received at least another 3 leaflets from Darwen Labour Party. Why didn't you just ring or e-mail the candidate if you wanted to speak to them ? You have received no leaflets from the local Lib-Dems or Tories (they have not bothered in your ward). And the 1 local UKIP leaflet did not give the address / e-mail or tel no of the candidate !
*
The services to be retained are outlined in the 2nd and 3rd leaflets you received.
*
I know because I put those leaflets through your letterbox !!!
[quote][p][bold]cripplingstateofaffa irs[/bold] wrote: Well its not like the candidates can even be bothered to talk face to face with those who are voting. Have not seen one candidate come round in Darwen near health centre area, yet I am being flooded with paper behind my door that doesn't clearly state what they believe in or their core values, its just the same garbage that maybe the daily mail has spouted weeks or even months earlier so doesn't even represent the local area! For instance just got this one pushed through door as I typed "Vote Darwen labour to retain our services" What services are they talking about here? I dont know because they don't say. If you want to make people vote for you make that extra bit of effort not everyone has time to go see them at a local community centre, make yourselves known give that little bit extra then maybe we voters might bother to vote! As of yet I am still undecided if you want my vote I live on Hope street[/p][/quote]The Darwen Labour Party candidate knocked on your door in Hope St about 2/3 weeks ago. If you were out at the time you will have received a 'sorry you were out' leaflet. * You have also received at least another 3 leaflets from Darwen Labour Party. Why didn't you just ring or e-mail the candidate if you wanted to speak to them ? You have received no leaflets from the local Lib-Dems or Tories (they have not bothered in your ward). And the 1 local UKIP leaflet did not give the address / e-mail or tel no of the candidate ! * The services to be retained are outlined in the 2nd and 3rd leaflets you received. * I know because I put those leaflets through your letterbox !!! english rose 1
  • Score: -4

7:04am Thu 22 May 14

caballo says...

LOCAL COUNCILLORS !!
Put your rosettes away and start representing your wards instead of pledging your allegiance to a London elite. You may possibly acheive something if we can get away from the childish cross party finger wagging and point scoring


NO NATIONAL POLITICS AT LOCAL LEVEL !
LOCAL COUNCILLORS !! Put your rosettes away and start representing your wards instead of pledging your allegiance to a London elite. You may possibly acheive something if we can get away from the childish cross party finger wagging and point scoring NO NATIONAL POLITICS AT LOCAL LEVEL ! caballo
  • Score: 2

7:30am Thu 22 May 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

noddy57 wrote:
We in this country have short memories, Thatcher taking away the free milk in schools etc, yet who is in power yet again, these Tory,s are so **** arrogant its untrue,get e,m out asap.
Short memories? Thatcher? Do you remember Tony Blair?

I hope Labour never see any kind of power ever again.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: We in this country have short memories, Thatcher taking away the free milk in schools etc, yet who is in power yet again, these Tory,s are so **** arrogant its untrue,get e,m out asap.[/p][/quote]Short memories? Thatcher? Do you remember Tony Blair? I hope Labour never see any kind of power ever again. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 11

9:48am Thu 22 May 14

anonymous_ says...

Whoever we choose to vote for, like many with common sense will have done already, we must educate ourselves on the policies of that party. It isn't about Thatcher, Blair or indeed a lot of the past, it really is about the future and casting our vote is not going to change the past.

It upsets me to see so many wasted protest votes and hearing misled comments in conversations about voting, people risk and indeed lose lives for a vote around the world.

Very disappointing to see so little information about the parties and their policies in general, unless we go digging on-line we're going in blind these days. Relying on the media is like relying on a match going out before it burns the fingers holding it - just read the headlines in most tabloids to confirm that position, sensationalist clap trap designed to sell paper, ink and advertising.

Voting because we like a candidate is common but it's policy that counts, they're simply the face. It truly is a shame we don't see or hear those faces enough in the run up to elections, making things clear for all. In my opinion, all parties have let the public down on educating them about Europe on this occasion.

Let's hope whatever the outcome it is positive for the greater good and doesn't cost the future of our country or cause further conflict and division amongst our fellow citizens.
Whoever we choose to vote for, like many with common sense will have done already, we must educate ourselves on the policies of that party. It isn't about Thatcher, Blair or indeed a lot of the past, it really is about the future and casting our vote is not going to change the past. It upsets me to see so many wasted protest votes and hearing misled comments in conversations about voting, people risk and indeed lose lives for a vote around the world. Very disappointing to see so little information about the parties and their policies in general, unless we go digging on-line we're going in blind these days. Relying on the media is like relying on a match going out before it burns the fingers holding it - just read the headlines in most tabloids to confirm that position, sensationalist clap trap designed to sell paper, ink and advertising. Voting because we like a candidate is common but it's policy that counts, they're simply the face. It truly is a shame we don't see or hear those faces enough in the run up to elections, making things clear for all. In my opinion, all parties have let the public down on educating them about Europe on this occasion. Let's hope whatever the outcome it is positive for the greater good and doesn't cost the future of our country or cause further conflict and division amongst our fellow citizens. anonymous_
  • Score: 5

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