Shadow Minister supports Karen Allen at The Nook
The Conservative candidate for South Shields, Karen Allen, was joined this afternoon by Shadow International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell in a final push for votes before polling begins on Thursday morning. Mr. Mitchell was MP for Sutton Coldfield in the last Parliament and was previously MP for Gedling between 1987 and 1997, the former Army man was pleased to be back in the north-east where he stood as a Conservative candidate in Sunderland in 1983. Karen knows Andrew from her time spent helping Project Umubano, a social action project where Conservative volunteers work on a variety of development projects in Rwanda, which was organised by Mr. Mitchell.
The pair were having a good time talking to shoppers at Harton Nook, South Shields, and were still turning up former Labour voters who are now prepared to support the Conservative Party for the first time, Karen also bumped into one or two Labour stalwarts (naturally) but on the whole the reception was as warm as the weather!
As well as the weather warming up, voters in South Shields are also warming to the theme developed by Manish Sood, Labour’s candidate in North West Norfolk who today has been reported as saying that Gordon Brown has been the country’s worst ever Prime Minister, that Labours ministers were “corrupt”, and Brown a “disgrace”. Listening in on conversations at the Nook, it hasn’t taken long for this message to get through! The Hain/Balls message on tactical voting appears to have fallen on deaf ears though with nobody giving the story a mention this afternoon. Well it’s hardly surprising is it, you wouldn’t know that the Liberal Democrats had a candidate Mr. Psallidas has been so quite.
Lifelong Labour voters in South Shields understand only too well that the only way to punish Labour for the thirteen wasted year’s of Brown’s stewardship of the economy is to vote for Change, and vote Conservative.