I haven’t been manning this blog for while due to conflicting pressures on my time, although I have been working hard on the new, re-invigorated Cambridge Conservative Association website (http://cambridgeconservatives.org.uk).
I was on the streets again last weekend though to support Andy Bower, the Conservative candidate for Coleridge which has a by-election following the early retirement of Councillor Chris Howell. It feels good to be there!
Andy is exactly the kind of candidate that local politics needs. Not just the Conservatives – I mean any party. Andy has been supporting the Coleridge constituency for years, as Chris Howell’s campaign manager and as a resident. He has worked harder than any candidate I know over the last few years and really takes time to meet residents and understand their concerns. It was interesting the number of Labour supporters I spoke to last weekend that said exactly that. He is committed, visible, accessible and effective. He’s the the kind of candidate that local politics should be all about.
Andy has a real chance of taking this by-election. The Labour candidate, a student living on the other side of the city and already part way through a one year course, is a colourful choice but does not have the clear support of traditional Labour voters in the ward. The Lib Dems are, frankly, invisible. I wish Andy well.
There is an excellent article on the election on the Cambridge Conservatives web site (http://cambridgeconservatives.org.uk/2010/11/02/high-stakes-in-thursdays-coleridge-by-election/) that I urge any undecided voters in Coleridge to read.