Here we go again.
We’ve moved into a different constituency this year so a bit of catch-up is required to look at our new political landscape.
At a local council area level, it’s a broadly Conservative area, but Parliamentary wise, it’s Labour – since 1997 where the majority has gone from 13k to about 4k in the last two elections. So it’s getting closer but not as close as Bury North was/is.
Currently standing are:
James Daly Conservative Party (currently a councillor in Bury)
Stephen Rock Liberal Democrats
David Crausby Labour Party (incumbent)
Harry Lamb UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Laura Diggle Green Party
I’d encourage anyone to use things like http://www.votematch.org/ to guide them on who actually aligns with their views, however I’ve started to look at the candidates individually too, where I can, with what’s available.
We got a leaflet from David Crausby yesterday and so were looking at his record on They Work For You, it highlighted something I didn’t know, that he was one of the MPs that voted against the Same Sex marriage bill. I tried to do a little digging on his reasoning and to be honest I wasn’t satisfied with what I read (MPs Split on Same Sex Marriage Plans – The Bolton News). I hope this gets some follow up in the campaign.