Thursday, December 1, 2022

Thurrock MP: “It is time to stop fighting each other and take battle to the doorstep”

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has told the ConservativeHome website that Conservatives should knock on doors not knock each other.

Ms Doyle-Price said on www.conservativehome.blogs.com

“AS the political parties digest the implications of Thursday’s election results, there is the predictable call by some colleagues that a UKIP vote means that the Prime Minister needs to do more on Europe. I have to advise them that the UKIP surge has less to do with Europe and more to do with a general discontent with the political class.

The way we deal with that is to become a lot better at communicating our messages. That is a challenge for the Party leadership, but it is also a challenge for all of us who are supporters of the Conservative Party.

Lets just look at the results with a cool head. The Conservatives are topping the polls. Mid-term in challenging circumstances that is no mean feat. The results are truly disastrous for Labour – fighting it out with UKIP for second and third place with a vote share in the low 20 per cents is a truly appalling position for a party with any expectation of forming a Government.

So to the naysayers in our Party, it should be clear that the prognosis for the General election is good, and that there is every prospect of securing the majority which eluded us in 2010, providing we all knuckle down and work towards it.

Of course there are those who are impatient with us – that is why we need to get out on those doorsteps and engage with them. Here in Essex, we have seats where some candidates think they needn’t bother knocking on doors. Such complacency leaves them as sitting ducks waiting to be picked off by UKIP. For those of us in battleground territory, it is something we do all the time, and we therefore have a good understanding about how opinion is shifting.

What we can see is no swing back to Labour, but a general frustration with politicians which has played out in a strong showing by UKIP. Put simply, many people feel that there is no one speaking for them and dealing with the things that really matter to them.

It is that section of the electorate who embraced Margaret Thatcher and embraced Tony Blair. It is a vote which says ‘a plague on all your houses’, It is soft and it swings all over the place. We haven’t yet managed to convince them that we are on their side. It is why we need to be so much sharper about getting our narrative out.

On welfare, on immigration, on Europe, and on allowing people to keep more of what they earn, we have a good and popular story to tell. We have to sell it. If some colleagues spent more time on the doorstep and less time picking fights with the Prime Minister, they would understand that the UKIP surge is not about European policy, and would fight the perception that the Conservative Party is out of touch and not for them.

There will also be those who renew calls for a Conservative UKIP electoral pact. It really should not be imagined that UKIP’s votes are all coming from the Conservative Party. They are not. In fact, the rise in the UKIP vote has much to do with the fact that voters who have supported Labour in the past are left cold by Ed Miliband.

The fact is that this country cannot afford another Labour Government. And it is incumbent on all of us who have the privilege of representing the Conservative Party to work towards attaining that majority.

On polling day, an Essex newspaper (The Enquirer) carried a letter from the MP for Billericay which was critical of the Prime Minister and as good as invited Conservatives to vote UKIP. It is unsurprising then that so many then did.

There is no room for self-indulgence which serves only to damage the Conservative brand. It is very easy to put out tweets that say ‘look at me’ but think on. Winning the battle will require focus, discipline, strong messages and hard work. It is time to stop fighting each other and take the battle to the doorsteps.”

25 COMMENTS

  1. And these are the voters you and your party denounced as clowns, fruitcakes, closet racists and nutters until Thursday.

    Jackie with her wafer thin majority is just biding her time until the voters deliver her P45 come the next elections.

  2. We are sick of the three major parties and all thats gone on.
    It is time for something new and UKIP offer it.

    Jackie please consider defecting

  3. I just wish JDP hadn’t squandered her chance in office to fight for her constituents in Thurrock more.
    She had her chance to shine, she won’t in Thurrock after the next general election.
    Disappointed!

  4. I;m still waiting for a reply after I contacted her two weeks ago. Not at all surprised tho. Bring in the Clowns er yes they’re already here

  5. There is no room for self-indulgence which serves only to damage the Conservative brand. It is very easy to put out tweets that say ‘look at me’ but think on. Winning the battle will require focus, discipline, strong messages and hard work. It is time to stop fighting each other and take the battle to the doorsteps.

    So what Jackie is saying the Conservatives and Ukip should not fight and work together?

    She is also saying not everybody who voted for UKIP are disgruntled Conservatives?

    [On welfare, on immigration, on Europe, and on allowing people to keep more of what they earn, we have a good and popular story to tell.]

    And what a STORY it is, I wonder how many people on welfare voted Tory I wonder how many disabled people voted Tory, including low income earners

    [and on allowing people to keep more of what they earn]
    well thank you Jackie for ALLOWING me to keep more of what I earn, would that be my money, that pays for the likes of you, who do you think you are?

    [On polling day, an Essex newspaper (The Enquirer) carried a letter from the MP for Billericay which was critical of the Prime Minister and as good as invited Conservatives to vote UKIP. It is unsurprising then that so many then did.]
    What a pathetic grass ,Jackie is let’s not fight with each other, she then tries to Brown nose David Cameron and tries to score points off the back of the MP from Billericay, his name wouldn’t be tricky Dicky from Billericay would it?

    [It is time to stop fighting each other and take the battle to the doorsteps.”]

    Truest thing you have ever said, the doorsteps is exactly where you belong

  6. Ed who on earth writes this crap for her, she surely would not of produced this herself would she?

  7. But seriously I do wish political parties like Labour and the Tories would stand local candidates rather then drop Polly and Jackie in Thurrock.

    How long will they fight for Thurrock. about as long as they can’t get a nice safe seat in the rural heartland.

  8. albert it’s just fun watching the Conservatives running around like headless chickens because UKIP. Don’t they realise if they had policies the public want then people will vote for them.

    A lurch to the right won’t help. The Conservatives need to look to what happened to Conservatives under John Major when Europe ripped them apart and kept them out of power for a decade.

    The Conservatives have been too obsessed with gay marriage, wind farms and oversees aid which doesn’t help the average family struggling in the current recession. If they had policies that resonated with the average voter then they wouldn’t find themselves in the position they are in now.

  9. Catching the Bus – Jackies missive isn’t aimed at us mere plebs – it is aimed at her fellow Conservatives in an attempt to try and stop the coming Conservative civil war.

  10. Ed do you really think they too obsessed with gay marriage
    , I would have thought they quite like it just think they can now get engaged at Eton become an MP then marry and claim for their husband and that’s just the men,
    I cannot see why they get upset about it better than waiting for the party conference,
    to do the conger once a year but I guess that’s the Tory way

    Ed this is a good bit of advice if you are around them first Tin pants second slip on shoes third keep you back to the wall and yes the old reliable don’t get involved in any wheelbarrow races

  11. Ed just a thought gay marriage wind farms same thing really

    Ed if you ever need a partner on stage I am your man

  12. Theshare of the vote in the elections was Labour 29%, Tories 26%, UKIP 24% nad Lib Dems14%. I’nm not sure that any of the main parties have much to shout about. I think they all need to decide whether they want to continue to pander to the liberal middle class elite that exists in all their parties or whether they really do want to do what the people want.

    They all have their drones that will vote for them regardless of what they do but if there is a party that is going to take a quarter of the vote ion a large number of seats the chances are none of them will win a majority.

    I would hate to see another 5 years of Labours mass immigration policies and welfare giveaways so it would be good to see UKIP stop that. Labour can never even think of introducing the types of policies UKIP advocates as they are wed to the idea of selling the country out to Europe and still believe that multiculturalism is a winner. Masses of immigrants is about the only way they will win any future elections.

  13. Jackie Doyle Price even Nigel Lawson wants out right now. Are you saying Lawson is wrong?

    Give us our democratic vote on Europe or we will kick the Tories out and get UKIP in.

  14. Catching the Bus

    Give us our democratic vote on Europe or we will kick the Tories out and get UKIP in.

    Catching the Bus I think you will find by the content of the article, Jackie is rather like a rabbit caught in the headlights, she will be far too busy just trying to hang on, but not to worry I ask you, how many people would miss her I know I wouldn’t, what has she done for Thurrock zero and I think that tells the whole story

  15. Jackie your voice is sadly only one of a few. Even the Tories best ever chancellor Nigel Lawson wants out from Europe.

    If you want to save your seat do one of two things. Give the people a democratic vote on Europe. Or stand for UKIP at the next election.

    Cameron doesent have a clue. He is a weak leader and needs changing. all we have under him is even more EU regulation. it’s killing small business and the financial sector.

    I am proud to call this country Great Britain and it is Great Britain whether you like it or not. No to Europe and the parties that support europe.

  16. Looking at the voting figures it would appear UKIP took more Labour votes than Conservative. UKIP isn’t a Conservative problem – it is a problem for all political parties.

  17. The working class are turning their backs on Labour in their millions. Thats what blue Labour is all about. They know they’re going to lose the next election. The Liberal elite have taken over the Labour party . The working class have been deserted. Labour has to chase the vote of the of the handwringing, politically correct liberals that have destroyed this country to stand any chance of winning. That and the immigrant vote of course.

  18. Isn’t it strange that JD-P is so up in arms about visiting people’s doorsteps now when there was neither hide nor hair of her or any of the other Parliamentary candidates when it was election time?

    The only way JD-P will get in again is if there’s a dismal turnout on polling day at the next General Election so congratulations in advance for your second term JD-P. That’s voter apathy for you.

  19. Can you ask Jackie when she is going to go round door to door in Thurrock. Will it be this month or next month, looking forward to seeing her in Tilbury.

    Fairy cakes will she. she will only do this at election time and I bet its her supporters who do the knocking.

  20. I have to say that every time I have contacted JDP’s office I have received a response, unlike other MP’s who seem to go into hiding.

    The European issue is a big one, people are scaremongering by saying if we leave the EU we will lose trade partners from Asia etc as they see us as the doorway to Europe, however, I dont think that this will happen, the EU need the UK more than we need them, the whole single currency was a sham to start with, this was only put in place to try and out do the dollar as the biggest currency, the EU failed miserably with this.

    there is no requirement fro the UK to be in the EU, we would probably prosper without all the financial red tape that is within the EU, also we would not be held to ransom by their EU laws and pathetic ECHR that seem to tie our hands at every stage.

    Cameron needs to set the date for a referendum regardless of who is in power and let the public vote on what they want, all this cloak and dagger stuff about he will have one if he is in power next time round is just blowing smoke.

  21. Ed Milibrain has stated today that he will not hold a referendum if elected. So he’s tied Labour tro selling out to Europe entirely. I’ts about time Cameron stopped the bullsh1t and held the referendum. If he loses the next election we won’t get a referendum which will probably suit Cameron and the majority of the Tory party.

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