Stoke Central by-election

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Pleasant day in Stoke-on-Trent, supporting Gareth Snell, Labour’s candidate in the Stoke Central by-election.
Met Ruth Smeeth, a Stoke MP, who I knew when we were candidates in neighbouring constituencies in the 2010 General Election.
Some hundreds of members had been meeting voters on the doorsteps over the weekend.
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It’s nice to work with new people – from Newcastle, Macclesfield, Congleton & London; former engineers & local gov’t officers, students & even a performance artist.
He likes Joy Division – can’t remember how that came up – so lots of stories exchanged, before drizzle stopped play.
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In the morning, I was working with Joan Walley, a former Stoke MP who feels the duty to listen to people on the doorstep and try to solve their problems. She’d picked up on the news that 2 UKIP party oficers had resigned that morning cos of their leader, and their candidate, not treating the Hillsborough disaster with proper respect.
People on the doorstep were getting the idea that something isn’t right about the UKIP candidate – not declaring his proper home address for this by-election, his expense claims as an MEP, his voting record etc.

Finally, had to smile about this …
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Isn’t that the neatest graffiti you’ve ever seen?  They might even have used a ruler.

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