Shop keepers are asking for more Conservative posters

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The first street stall of the weekend was very positive. The sun was shining hard and people on Watling Avenue were pleased to see us. One man enthusiastically came up to me and said, “I have emailed you to say I am supporting you”. Two of the shop keepers came out and asked for more posters from us to put up in their shop windows and I spoke with the guys in the butcher’s shop who were all giving me the thumbs up. Another man told me that he thought it was despicable that any London MP had a second home when Parliament was so close.

I really enjoy speaking directly with people and if elected this is something that I would continue to do. For me, this is the best thing about politics – the people. Sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, sometimes heartbreaking – but never boring.

The same happens at our second street stall on Mill Hill Broadway. The Liberals have also got a stall out here but I have yet to see the other Parliamentary candidates out on the street. During this campaign we have been door knocking and on the streets in every part of the constituency, unlike the others. It’s fair to say that no-one has any idea of what the UKIP and Green candidate actually look like as they have not been anywhere.

Campaigning in the afternoon is very positive. For many years I have been working with local residents on a range of issues and many people acknowledge this. One of the complaints is that local residents do not see their councillors and this confirms that we need a new way of doing politics in this constituency. If elected as this constituency’s MP, I will positively and pro-actively engage with councillors of all political parties. This means I will not try and do their job but actively engage them to accompany me on constituency visits, meetings with residents and get them to play their part. Fundamentally it will mean working with all and not play these silly political games of continually criticising the council and my opponents for short-term political gain. Only by doing that can we address the problems we face in the best interests of all of us who live in this area.

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6:07pm Sat 1 May 10

Rog T says...

Matthew,

If the voters are complaining that they never see their councillors, why don't you do what the Lib Dems do and have a walk in surgery every week. That way they can see you whenever they need to. We find that the residents of Mill Hill rather like this
Matthew, If the voters are complaining that they never see their councillors, why don't you do what the Lib Dems do and have a walk in surgery every week. That way they can see you whenever they need to. We find that the residents of Mill Hill rather like this Rog T
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11:55pm Wed 5 May 10

Grumblepop says...

Matty, Let me tell you the truth and my friend still has the e-mail from your Hendon colleague.
If anybody cameoff the Cancil Estates around Hendon Ward or rented accomodation, all three of you dismissed them with varying degrees of spin, as for the lady councillor many gentiles would not waste their time, the same for the other dude and yourself.
It's why they go to other ward councillors to resolve civil grievances between local authority and citizen.
Sadly for MPs there are strict Parliamentary Conventions and require the permission of any other Constituency MP. Look it up my boy.
The Watling these days are businesses from the very immigrant community that your Master wishes to prevent from coming to the UK.
All three of you insult our intelligence and humanity, that is particularly sad from you two colleagues position. Sad for me, this put s me in the category as you.
Matty, Let me tell you the truth and my friend still has the e-mail from your Hendon colleague. If anybody cameoff the Cancil Estates around Hendon Ward or rented accomodation, all three of you dismissed them with varying degrees of spin, as for the lady councillor many gentiles would not waste their time, the same for the other dude and yourself. It's why they go to other ward councillors to resolve civil grievances between local authority and citizen. Sadly for MPs there are strict Parliamentary Conventions and require the permission of any other Constituency MP. Look it up my boy. The Watling these days are businesses from the very immigrant community that your Master wishes to prevent from coming to the UK. All three of you insult our intelligence and humanity, that is particularly sad from you two colleagues position. Sad for me, this put s me in the category as you. Grumblepop
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