Forum

Dumfries and Gallow...
 
Notifications
Clear all

Dumfries and Galloway


Richard
(@richard)
Member A-team
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 159
Topic starter  

Campaigning in Dumfries and Galloway goes here.

2014 General Election in Dumfries and Galloway

Russell Brown, Labour: 31.7%
Richard Arkless, SNP: 31.1%
Finlay Carson, Conservative: 29.7%
Geoffrey Siddall, UKIP: 4.0%
Andrew Metcalf, Liberal Democrat: 2.2%
John Schofeld, Green: 1.3%

Rick the Admin - The Resident Psephologist
Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


Quote
Richard
(@richard)
Member A-team
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 159
Topic starter  

By-election candidates

Labour: Daniel Goodare, A&E doctor
SNP: Richard Arkless, online business CEO
Conservative: Finlay Carson, councillor for Castle Douglas and Glenkins since 2012
UKIP: Geoffrey Siddall
Liberal Democrat: Joan Mitchell, upland tenant farmer and former councillor
Green: John Schofeld

Rick the Admin - The Resident Psephologist
Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


ReplyQuote
General Goose
(@general-goose)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 362
 

The front page of the leaflet is split into two halves - on the one side, Calvin Ward and Dylan Macmillan, looking unpleasant and incompetent, on the other side, Graham Adiputera and Joan Mitchell canvassing and going door-to-door. 

On the side with Calvin and Dylan, the following text:

THE BROKEN TWO PARTY SYSTEM

  • Broken politics
  • Divisive and bitter personal attacks
  • Not delivering results

On the side with Graham and Joan:

VOTE LIB DEM TO CHANGE POLITICS FOR THE BETTER

  • Hard-working Community Champions
  • Delivering Results
  • Reforming Politics

The back page of the leaflet is divided into two parts. The top half has pictures of Joan Mitchell campaigning with prominent Liberal Democrats such as Graham Adiputera and Alex Cardigan, framing a list of Liberal Democrat achievements in government. The text there reads as follows: 

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ACHIEVEMENTS IN GOVERNMENT

  • Reducing the deficit by stamping down on waste and tax evasion
  • Champions of political reform and devolution
  • Lowering the voting age to 16
  • Investment rather than austerity
  • Taking climate change seriously

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


ReplyQuote
Faye Gallacher
(@faye-gallacher)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 247
 

The Chancellor and Regions and Devolution Secretary, Faye Gallacher, visited Dumfries and Galloway. She handed out leaflets and spoke to voters about their concerns.

[Leaflet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A_zRYwMkKyC9jFC2J59rgmRVCEp1SmKvyzqhbNKdB_8/edit ]

To one voter, Gallacher spoke of protection the Union. She said:

"While Dylan Macmillan and his Chancellor were comparing Scotland to Venezuela and demanding the government both accept and reject a currency union with Scotland in the event of independence, I was fighting for the union on the streets of Glasgow. Labour is wholeheartedly committed to the Union. The Tories want to threaten it with a referendum on Europe and the SNP want to threaten it full stop, ignoring the Scottish people. Instead of fighting these battles we want to fight for ordinary working people. It's time for Labour policies - not SNP and Tory rhetoric."

To another voter, Gallacher spoke on Labour's record:

"Dylan Macmillan is trying to be all things to all people, but even he won't deny that he is absolutely committed to the austerity project that has blighted Scotland and we full heartedly reject and the SNP have talked a good talk but happily overseen cuts to Scottish public services. Labour has shown that there's a better way. We've ensured there's been real term investment in Scotland, while guaranteeing more growth, more wages and more employment across the UK including here in Scotland. We won't let the SNP or the Tories threaten that."

To another voter, Gallacher talked about devolution:

"The Labour Party, particularly Calvin Ward, had dropped the ball on devolution - I'll be the first to admit it. But the Prime Minister and I have made that clear and are fighting to turn a new page and ensure devolution is delivered and that it is done correctly. Dylan Macmillan wanted to use devolution as political football, and his rush to score has led to a sloppy devolution bill that didn't go nearly far enough. It's important we get devolution, but we need to get it right. This starts by promising Scotland fiscal powers to borrow up to £5 billion, which Dylan Macmillan has opposed and the SNP can't deliver. We're going to go that extra mile for the people of Scotland and ensure they have the power to let Scotland realise its potential."

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


ReplyQuote
Steven Andrews
(@steven-andrews)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 120
 

The Shadow Chancellor, Steven Andrews, visited Dumfries and Galloway

On Europe, Steven Andrews said:
"We've been very clear about our policy: The people of the UK deserve the referendum that has been repeatedly called for since the 1990s and that was promised a decade ago on the European Constitution. But there are party groups that favor both sides. All we want is the right for the British people to choose their future rather than having it chosen for them."

On taxes, Andrews said:
"The Tories are committed to a working-class tax cut that will put £800 a year into the pocket of the average worker. We're committed to letting you have more control over your money and allowing you to decide what to do with it."

On the environment, Andrews said:
"In my posts as Shadow Climate Change Secretary and Shadow Transport Secretary I've laid out clear policies to get the UK away from fossil fuels as fast as possible. We can't do it overnight and we'll be the first to admit it, but we also know that with aggressive yet sensible policies we can get a long way in the next decade. You don't have to cast a protest vote to try and get action on the environment."

On devolution, Andrews said:
"The Tories have taken an aggressive first step towards the promises we made during the referendum campaign and we will continue to fight to deliver on those promises. The SNP have made it abundantly clear that they're going to keep trying to leave the UK and try for another referendum as soon as they get the chance. Only a vote for the Tories will lead towards practical progress on devolution."

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

34 Policy/18 Media/23 Parliamentary


ReplyQuote
Richard
(@richard)
Member A-team
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 159
Topic starter  

End of Day 1 marker.

Rick the Admin - The Resident Psephologist
Admin for Cabinet, PM's Office, DPM's Office, Defence, Energy, Regions, Environment, Transport, Communities, Elections, and Advisor to Labour and the Lib Dems


ReplyQuote
Muireall Fraser
(@glen)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 16
 

Conservative and Unionist MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Muireall Fraser visited her neighboring constituency of Dumfries and Galloway to meet voters there.

On devolution, Fraser said:

“Delivering on our promises as part of the Better Together Campaign, the Conservative Party has put forth and passed legislation in the form of the Scotland Act providing devolution of extra powers to Scotland. This has allowed us Scots to have greater control over our finances and taxation policies, providing the opportunity for greater investment and for Scots to keep more money in their pocket. But both Labour and the Liberal Democrats were missing in action when it came to putting forth devolution proposals, and yet even after the Conservatives took initiative on the issue they couldn’t even be bothered to show up to debate the bill! Unionists of all stripes and political persuasions should know that if you can’t even bring yourself to join discussion on how we can strengthen Scotland’s ties to the rest of the United Kingdom then you’re only doing a service to the SNP. The Conservatives are proud lead the way on devolution in achieving progress where the Government has dithered and will continue to put a vigorous, straight-forward case for the Union.”

On Conservative candidate Finley Carson, Fraser said:

“Born and raised in Dumfries and Galloway, Finley has worked and lived in Newton Stewart in the heart of the region. Alongside his brother he ran an IT business together in support of his partner Jackie and his 3 children, Hugh, Vicky and Rowan. Since 2012 Finley has been a councillor for Castle Douglas and Glenkens dedicated to representing his region and his constituents, and I am pleased to crossover from Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale to campaign alongside him. What this constituency has needed for a long time is someone to champion causes such as youth employment, integrated transport, tourism, and infrastructure and rekindle interest in the area from prospective employers, especially in the industrial and IT sectors. Finley is only candidate who understands the concerns of small business owners, of rural residents, and those who feel that their voice is not being heard in Westminster, and with your vote he will advocate for you as an MP.”

On the Government, Fraser said:

“This Government has spoken ad nauseam about the Conservative Party’s dedication to the union, arguing that despite passing devolution legislation designed to strengthen our Union a Conservative government would somehow threaten it. I have to ask though, is there any voter left in Scotland who sees this Government as a beacon of stability? Four decades ago, we asked the nation “Who governs Britain?”, but I think between the Suchet, Ward, and Blakesley Ministries one could pose the same question. It’s no wonder why this Government is historically unpopular: it takes a backseat on the important issues of the day and it has a new Prime Minister about as often as it rains. This by-election is a chance for Dumfries and Galloway to vote for a party who can provide a strong government that actually delivers for the Union, and that party is the Conservative Party.”

Muireall Fraser (Conservative and Unionist MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)


ReplyQuote
Roger Brigham
(@roger-brigham)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 76
 

Leaflet

Roger Brigham
MP for Richmond Park

Parliamentary: Unknown (8)
Media: Novice (22)
Policy: Unknown (6)


ReplyQuote
Caroline Blakesley
(@caroline-blakesley)
Prime Minister & MP for Hammersmith
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 158
 

Labour spare leaflet (in lieu of mainstreeting): Dumfries and Galloway, Day 2

Front:

Back:

Caroline Blakesley
Prime Minister
MP for Hammersmith

Parliamentary: Unknown (13)
Media: Unknown (17)
Policy: Unknown (18)


ReplyQuote
Muireall Fraser
(@glen)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 16
 

((Admin approved - I meant for my first post to be for Day 1 but I had difficulties.))

Conservative and Unionist MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale Muireall Fraser revisited her neighboring constituency of Dumfries and Galloway to meet voters there.

On spending, Fraser told voters:

“Ever since their rise to prominence, the Scottish National Party has hiked spending without concern for the exchequer. An analysis by the IFS of SNP spending proposals for welfare and pensions has concluded that Scotland would be left with a £7.6bn gap in its finances due to falling oil revenues, and thus a gapping tax shortfall would open up. Worst of all, this is something that the SNP has hoped to simply write-off according to minister Derek Mackay. Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, stated that moving Scotland out of the current UK-wide spending system “would leave Scotland with a much more substantial fiscal deficit, and it’s worth putting that in context: [in] the UK context, £7bn would translate into about £70bn, so it really is quite a substantial number”. The fact is the SNP would be a fiscal wrecking ball in Westminster that would only ever prop up a governing Labour Party as they did during the 70s. Only the Conservative Party can be trusted with the peoples’ money where we take a prudent, sensible approach to any new expenditures while ensuring they are paid for.”^1

On SNP at Westminster, Fraser told voters:

“What I always hear the SNP saying is that “If you hold the balance, you hold the power.” In 2014 they refused to work with a Conservative government, which leaves only the Labour possible choice left. The fact of the matter is if we see this Government continue to crumble the way it has been, the SNP will be able to hold them ransom on any issue they wish, even another crack at an independence referendum as the “Neverendum”. Think Labour would hold their nose to the SNP? They already conspired with them in attempt to bring down the Conservative Scotland Act. If they’re so desperate to limit opposition legislation, who’s to say they wouldn’t try to have the SNP prop up their government? It’s not a risk the people of Dumfries and Galloway, who overwhelmingly rejected independence, can take. That is why it is so very critical to vote for Finley Carson and put the SNP’s Neverendum to bed.”

On taxation, Fraser told voters:

“The Conservative Party is prepared to do what it takes to bring much needed investment into our economy and into our communities. On income tax our budget proposal would allow earners to keep more of their money, a whole £800 more a year. For both corporations and small businesses they would see tax cuts that would allow them to be more competitive, with the standard rate falling by 1% and the small business rate falling to just 15%. Lastly, we would scrap the capital gains tax, allowing sale of property without a tax burden. This comes alongside a prudent approach to spending, which will allow us to balance the books in the long-term. When it comes to the public pursue, the Conservative Party recognizes the importance of growing the economy through tax cuts versus risky tax-and-spend policies, and with your vote we can make Britain open for business yet again.”

1. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/09/snp-fails-to-account-for-billions-in-welfare-and-pensions-pledges - article approved

Muireall Fraser (Conservative and Unionist MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale)


ReplyQuote
Caroline Blakesley
(@caroline-blakesley)
Prime Minister & MP for Hammersmith
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 158
 

Labour main leaflet: Day 2

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A_zRYwMkKyC9jFC2J59rgmRVCEp1SmKvyzqhbNKdB_8/edit?usp=sharing

Caroline Blakesley
Prime Minister
MP for Hammersmith

Parliamentary: Unknown (13)
Media: Unknown (17)
Policy: Unknown (18)


ReplyQuote
General Goose
(@general-goose)
Member
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 362
 

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY LEAFLET I

The front page of the leaflet is a list of Lib Dem achievements, flanked by pictures of Graham Adiputera and Joan Mitchell campaigning throughout the constituency. 

"LIBERAL DEMOCRAT ACHIEVEMENTS IN GOVERNMENT

  • Equal marriage
  • Unwavering supporters of devolution
  • Committed to the Union
  • Votes at 16
  • The Homelessness Action Fund
  • British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank
  • Investment in green jobs and green stimulus
  • Fighting to help those with mental health conditions get the care they need
  • The pupil premium - more funds for every disadvantaged child
  • The pension triple lock
  • A higher tax-free personal allowance
  • More support for small and medium businesses
  • Reducing the deficit while ending austerity

The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

Joan Mitchell will build on these accomplishments and be a tireless champion for local communities."

On the back page of the leaflet, there is a short message from Graham Adiputera. 

“Dear Local Resident,

Politics is broken. Just look at Calvin Ward’s short-lived premiership or the sorry state of the modern Conservatives - flip-flopping over Crossrail, divided over Europe and refugees, proposing real terms cuts to important programmes such as the pupil premium, unable to justify Dylan Macmillan’s hypocrisy. Throughout this all, the Liberal Democrats have been united and hardworking. Joan Mitchell is your excellent local candidate and I urge you to look into giving him your backing. 

If you want a devoted local champion, vote Joan. If you want someone who will work hard for you, vote Joan. Liberal Democrat MPs have secured countless successes over the course of the past few years - the pension triple lock, the pupil premium, a higher tax-free personal allowance, stronger action on climate change and on the burning injustices in our society, equal marriage. Joan Mitchell will be a strong addition to these efforts. 

Yours sincerely,

Graham Adiputera

[signature]”

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

 

 

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY LEAFLET II

The front page of the leaflet has a simple design, with the words, in black text against a yellow background, reading “FOR REAL CHANGE; TO FIX POLITICS” on the top half of the page and, in yellow text against a black background, “VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT; VOTE JOAN MITCHELL”. 

The message on the back reads, along with a picture of the candidate with activists: 

“In this by-election, you can vote to change our broken and scandal-ridden politics, to reject the divisive politics of both the SNP and the Conservatives. The Liberal Democrats have been working hard to reform politics, restore trust in democracy and break the failed two-party system. Joan Mitchell is your excellent local candidate. Consider giving him your support in the upcoming by-election.”

At the bottom of the page there is both the legally required text and a form that can be cut out, allowing the recipient to get in touch with the candidate, either to discuss issues, to request GOTV assistance, or to offer support.

Graham Adiputera (Lib Dem - Sutton and Cheam)
Deputy Prime Minister
Liberal Democrat Leader
Foreign Secretary
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Climate Change
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Technology

Parliamentary - 36
Media - 53
Policy - 48


ReplyQuote
Share: