“A Word in Your Ear” from Mr Peter Perrin
Council Election – Belhus/ South Ockendon Wards.
The Labour Party campaigns in Belhus and South Ockendon can be summed up by two words “complacency” and “blitz”.
The Belhus Labour candidate seems to have borrowed the cloak of “invisibility” from Aaron Kiely who has been “posing” as a Councillor for South Ockendon for the past year.
If the Belhus Ward Labour candidate, Sue Gray, believes it is a “done deal” and she has no need to subject herself to the rigours of campaigning there is the danger that such an attitude could be interpreted by voters as at best complacency at worst laziness.
People do not take kindly to being ignored or having their vote taken for granted, they want their Councillors to be meeting with them and listening to LOCAL issues of concern.
In contrast the Labour Party campaign in South Ockendon has all the characteristics of a “blitz”. A considerable number of party campaigners have been out in support of Martin Kerin, though one or two have been “conspicuous” by their absence.
They have saturated the ward with leaflets, knocked on doors to speak to people, persuaded shadow ministers such as Caroline Flint to campaign with them and even had a visit from Ed Miliband. Polly Billington, the prospective Parliamentary candidate, along with Martin Kerin, has led the band of campaigners with determination and enthusiasm demonstrating the vital necessity of securing a victory in South Ockendon for Labour.
As I see it there is the possibility that Labour could end up losing both Belhus and South Ockendon. Belhus due to complacency, South Ockendon due to the “antics” of Aaron Kiely.