Parties make final bids for Crewe and Nantwich voters
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A YouGov poll has suggested that the main opposition party, the Conservatives, are ahead at 45%, the incumbent Labour Party 18.8% behind on 26.2%. Polls from the newspaper The Independent and Populus and ICM have also put the Conservatives ahead. However the bookmakers Ladbrokes have deemed the Conservatives "unbackable", with odds of just 16/1.
|Crewe and Nantwich by-election|
|Monster Raving Loony||The Flying Brick|
|UK Independence||Mike Nattrass|
|English Democrats||David Roberts|
|Liberal Democrat||Elizabeth Shenton|
|Cut Tax on Diesel and Petrol||Paul Thorogood|
The Labour campaign in Crewe and Nantwich has branded the Conservative candidate Edward Timpson, a barrister from the wealthy Timpson family, a "toff", calling their candidate, the late MP's daughter Tamsin Dunwoody, "one of us". Conservative leader David Cameron called the Labour campaign "class warfare" which is "backward looking", "out of date" and "divisive". The Labour Party has received endorsements from soap opera Coronation Street's Elizabeth Dawn (who plays the character Vera Duckworth) and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Liberal Democrat (Lib Dem) party have sent party leader Nick Clegg, party president Simon Hughes and deputy leader and the party's shadow chancellor Vince Cable up to Crewe and Nantwich to campaign alongside their candidate Elizabeth Shenton. Mr. Cable told BBC's Newsnight that "what's very clear is there is a lot of support draining away from the Labour Party - an enormous amount." Nick Clegg claims that the by-election is a two-horse race between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives.
The UK Independence Party's candidate Mike Nattrass has been touring Crewe and Nantwich in a converted London Routemaster campaign bus and handing out leaflets. He said "UKIP has never stood in Crewe and Nantwich before because Gwyneth Dunwoody was Eurosceptic and we agreed with her." Party leader Nigel Farage has also attended a meeting in the constituency.
- Belinda Ryan. "Parties make last-minute plea for by-election votes" — , May 21, 2008
- "Parties in final by-election push" — , May 21, 2008
- Peter Ridell. "Yes, Tories are ahead, but by just how much?" — , May 20, 2008
- "Lib Dems 'can still win in Crewe'" — , May 20, 2008