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Miliband’s Miles

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So where has South Shields last MP been this last week?

I’m not sure what sort of campaign David Miliband has been running this past couple of weeks or so, but seems as though he has done his level best to run as far away from South Shields as possible, indeed his travels have probably rivalled those of Gordon Brown and David Cameron combined. In the last seven days, according to his own postings on Twitter, he has travelled to Glasgow, Ochil, Glasgow North, Prestonpans, Pudsey, Keighley, Colne Valley, Islington, Stourbridge, Walsall, Burton, Edgbaston, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Talacre Beach, Derby, Nottingham, and Gedling, he’s also been to the Vale of Clwyd and Newport in Gwent. One of his trips involved a shoulder rubbing session with Eastenders’ hardman Ross Kemp where apparently some folks didn’t have a clue who Miliband was:

Natalie Fenton spoke for the other mums when she said of Mr Miliband: “I don’t know who he is. Haven’t got a clue. Is he actually famous, then?” To which we replied: “No, not famous. He’s Foreign Secretary.”

Meanwhile the eight other candidates standing in the South Shields constituency don’t appear to have left this parish!

With Gordon Brown having already decided that he will take full responsibility if Labour’s vote collapses, one has to speculate as to why the Foreign Secretary has launched himself on a round Britain tour, it surely wasn’t to give absolute support to Brown was it? How many times have the two been found in the same town at the same time?

Speculation continues to mount over what the result of the election will be, and how well Labour’s vote might hold or collapse. One scenario will see the Conservatives form a minority government with the support of Ulster MPs and another sees Labour form a minority government with the support of Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats, but at a price, and that price may well be the removal of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party. Much will depend upon the “momentum” of the election result, if Labour is seen to have lost many seats then the Lib-Dems may not want to be seen to be propping up a failing government, and if the Conservatives are seen to be winning seats from Labour then it may be difficult for the governing party NOT to consider a change in leadership if the Queen decides to ask Mr. Cameron to form a government. All of this speculation could very well play nicely for Mr. Miliband, who according to this report, has no desire to be installed as Labour’s next leader without the scrutiny of a party election.

So the big question is: has David Miliband’s election campaign been one of a more personal nature, with a bigger personal goal, than the re-election of a Brown government?

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  1. What the politicians really mean

    Steven Harris

    May 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

  2. From my doorstep knocking I learned he arrived back in South Shields today – glad we’re lucky enough to have two days of our MP’s time. He seems to be targeting elderly voters – “tea parties” in sheltered housing and bingo calling. It seems a strange tactic (as the bulk of postal voters, which is in high proportion in South Shields, will have already voted) and I hope he’s not just going to see them to upset and worry our elderly voters with his lies on Tory Cuts. As Cameron said yesterday “Labour have nothing positive left to say. They have ran out of energy and ideas. All they can resort to is negativity and lies about cuts.”

  3. Where in London do you live Karen or are you telling us that your employer’s are quite happy with you living in your old family home after the election?


    May 6, 2010 at 12:11 am

  4. Funnily enough I came across him for the first time in the campaign today – or rather, I came across his security team. I’m not even sure what to say about that – it’s just surreal. I’m in the papershop next to a guy with an ear piece who looks like he could snap me clean in two and enjoy the process. There are numerous others conspiciously waiting on the street. I don’t know if this is because of the way his party view themselves or because this is standard practice for holders of the great offices of state but either way it seemed entirely disproportionate. I waited for a while and there was no sign of the minister himself, perhaps he just sends his security detail so people think he’s here? 😉


    May 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

  5. Curly …don’t believe the hype !!
    Remember was it not “Little David” Steel who told his troops ..”Go home and prepare for government!”

    David Robinson

    May 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

  6. The only thing that would ‘upset and worry ‘ and elderly person like myself would be the thoughts of Cameron being PM. Oh and being patronised by some young woman pretending to care about the elderly population of South Shields. Hope you find the safe seat you used South Shields as a stepping stone to.


    May 7, 2010 at 6:04 am

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