Posted on Apr 28, 2010 in Politics
Another bit of politics for the blog. This time I’m looking at the candidates for my local seat (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland). The views are on their campaign are obviously my own and based on my mostly social media driven point of view.
Tom Blenkinsop – Labour Party
- 01287 610878
- Harry Tout House, 8 Wilson Street, Guisborough, TS14 6NA
- Website; www.tomblenkinsop.com/
- Twitter; twitter.com/TomBlenkinsop
- YouTube; www.youtube.com/user/TomBlenkinsop
- Facebook; www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110668078962033
“The key issue for me is to Save our Steel. As an official of the steelworkers Trade Union, Community, and as a Teessider, I’m acutely aware of the fundamental importance of this industry to our local economy. I want to see the mothballed plants back at work and will work tirelessly to achieve this to bring new jobs to Teesside.
“Teesside has, historically, suffered from high levels of ill health. Much of this inequality has been remedied by Labour’s investment in building up services at the world class James Cook University Hospital and by investment in new health centres.
“This makes me proud but it must continue if we are to see that all local people enjoy good health and quality of life.
“I am a passionate defender of Sure Start – the community based service for young children. Under Tory plans one in five of these centres could be under threat of closure.
Tom is a local lad known to commuity as he worked for the previous MP for the last six years, which is probably why is (currently) favourite to be my next MP. He has the best social media campaign and has been busy campaigning around region.
Nick Emmerson – Liberal Democrats
- 07789 693 316
- The Meadows, Kirby , MIDDLESBROUGH, TS9 7AQ
- Website; nickemmerson.org.uk/
“Elections that can really make a difference do not come along very often. This is one of them. We have had 65 years of Labour and the Conservatives taking turns and getting it wrong. It is time for something different. It is time for something better. Liberal Democrats are different and better.
“On the big decisions – on the banks, on the environment, on the war in Iraq – we are the only party that has called it right, every time.
“I am a partner at a large international law firm. My job involves negotiating deals around the world. Deals that have brought jobs to the UK and allowed UK businesses to make money overseas. I know how to make an argument and win.
“I was born in Guisborough and went to local state schools. I know our area. I want to make it better.”
Nick’s online presence it just via his a website. I didn’t received his election material until recently, however he did get in contact with myself to make sure I had received it, which was good.
Paul Bristow – Conservative Party
- 01287 631928
- 7a Church Street Guisborough North Yorkshire TS14 6HG
- Website; www.paulbristow.org.uk/
- Facebook; www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=41747652325
“The diversity of this constituency is what makes it special. Including urban and suburban Middlesbrough, and the rural communities and market towns of East Cleveland.
“This means a prospective MP has to get to grips with a wide variety of issues.
“Of course the number one issue is jobs and the economy. After the devastating news of the mothballing of the Corus blast furnace and job losses at Wilton, the last thing our area needs is another job tax with Labour’s planned National Insurance increase.
“I also believe our community does not get a fair deal. One North East is based in Tyneside and the market towns and villages of East Cleveland do not get the attention they merit from the local council. High streets in Guisborough, Loftus and Skelton are in need of renewal and regeneration.
“Conservatives want to see fairness on council tax, fairness on pensions, a fair system of immigration, a strong NHS and good local schools.”
Paul’s social media campaign is restricted to his website and a Facebook group that now has no admin and is therefore pretty useless. The local media has reported he has done a lot of campaigning but I haven’t see him in my area, as yet.
Stuart Lightwing UKIP
- 07794 974302
- 8 Thirsk Road Yarm Stockton-on-Tees, TS1 59HE GB
- website; stuartlightwing.com/mainmenu.html
“The main issues confronting the country are not being discussed in this election campaign.
“The EU, mass immigration, the bloated public sector, crime, massive waste, Government mismanagement and our very democracy are being avoided like the plague.
“Only UKIP is setting out a platform of policies for dealing with the real issues the nation has to confront. The reception on the doorstep and through other campaign forums to UKIP’s policies is extremely positive and increasingly the real issues are being addressed in the minds of the electorate in deciding how to vote.”
Stuart has a hideous flash website and his campaign material has very little to say about the local area, other than to talk about a new Motorway, and the local airport.
Mike Allen – Independent
- Campaign HQ, 81 The Willows, Marton, Middlesbrough, TS7 8BP
“This area needs a multi-skilled training centre to give young people an opportunity to learn a skill, which could be then used when industry is encouraged to come back to the area. Business grants should be made available in the form of reduced rates by a half for three years, to encourage industry to base themselves here, so producing more jobs.
“The area needs items the public wants such as grit boxes in icy conditions, not multi-million pound modern art statues. Why has the Middlesbrough bypass which has been talked about for over 30 years never happened?
“The young people have nothing to do, I would ask for more youth clubs which would help reduce anti social behaviour, as the young people wouldn’t be roaming the streets on an evening. More care and contact should be provided for the elderly.
“More police are needed patrolling the streets on an evening, which is when they are most needed. New ambulance stations should be located where they are needed.”
Refers to himself as Capt. Mike Allen, as he flew emergency helicopters. No social media presence, has sent out a single photocopied A4 leaflet with somewhat over simplistic statements. Oddly for an independent seems to have done very little campaigning.
Shaun Gatley BNP
- None Supplied
The case of the invisible PPC. No social media presence and hasn’t done any campaigning.
At this point it looks like it is between the slight favourite Tom Blenkinsop (Labour Party) and Paul Bristow (Conservative Party). The BNP are lazy shits.
Hopefully I’ll see a bit more compaigning in this the last week before the election.