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Sunday 26 April – Tories in Ashington

When I mentioned to some friends yesterday that I would be campaigning for the Tories in Ashington today, I got some ribald comments and unhelpful suggestions!

But actually all went very well, I even got a few thumbs ups. Ashington does have several thousand non Labour voters, and they are there for the intrepid candidate. I got several hundred leaflets out around North Seaton and returned with my dignity intact. Having campaigned in by-elections “down south”, it’s actually easier campaigning for the Tories in a mining town than in some Liberal Democrat areas in middle England – at least people are polite, friendly and give you the time of day around here.  AshTownHall

Ashington is on the up, though there are still too many patches of deprivation left, and some worrying concerns about the schools. But the idea that Ashington is some grim post industrial hell-hole is completely wide of the mark, if it was ever true. I am optimistic for Ashington.

And to round off a good weekend, I got home to some fantastic comments on the Make A Noise for Bedlington Facebook site, which really delighted me.

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