At the moment party workers are busy campaigning in the Park Ward by-election. It isn’t a seat where Labour has had much joy in the past, though we did win back in 2012 when Matt Barrow was the successful candidate. So, given the current unpopularity of Johnson and his Tory cronies, it is certainly worth giving it our all. And in Kevin Shutt we have an excellent candidate who not only lives in the Ward, but who came second the last time the seat was fought, in May 2021.
That’s right, second. You wouldn’t though think that from the literature the Liberal Democrats have been distributing. For they’ve gone back a further two years and have quoted the voting figures from that year to claim they offer the only real hope of beating the Tories.
In 2019 their candidate managed 781 votes, well ahead of Labour’s 491. Yet two years down the line the Liberal Democrat vote had fallen to a mere 450, while Labour’s had risen to 676. And remember that was achieved amidst a set of local elections when we sadly failed to win a single seat, as the Prime Minister was riding high on the back of the Covid vaccine roll out.
Thus, who are the real challengers to the Tories in Park Ward? Labour of course, which is why Kevin and the team have been so busy going door-to-door, whether canvassing or leafletting.
I wish him well, and I only hope voters wanting to see the back of the Tories don’t fall for this latest example of the Liberal Democrats being economical with the truth.