Wanstead might have expected the High Street to be a-buzz with last-minute feverish campaigning on the last Saturday morning before polling day. After all, it seems there’s plenty to play for – 6,000 is a respectable majority but not an unassailable one, and though the Conservatives have been very active campaigners, some are still tipping the Lib Dems to cause an upset here.
But it was a subdued atmosphere which greeted shoppers. There were token campaign tables from Labour and Tory groups, though not, it appeared, the candidates. And the other parties – Lib Dems, UKIP, Greens, BNP and Christian – were not in attendance.
Comments today on Twitter and Facebook about the contest include:
Jenna Hedges The Leyton and Wanstead Lib Dem candidates were not present at the prospective candidates meeting/hustings with the public today and have apparently pulled out of all the Questions debates in the area. Very strange and feel compelled to find out why!
Dave Buba Iain Duncan Smith in Waitrose South Woodford
Great shame. I have bought some excellent wire, screws, glue, undercoat and gardening gloves here and always enjoyed browsing the brooms and rope. Such regrets – why did I still go to Homebase? The big Andrews sign is a local landmark. Mind you, this is also one of the most charmingly scruffy bits of Wanstead with the forecourt mixed up with display goods, car parking, pavement and the adjacent exposed yard behind cafe Brunch. Whatever happens next, let’s enhance this little spot (and the public conveniences opposite). A nicer Woodbine Place campaign?
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5.27 Dave Buba: And the lib dem candidate couldn’t even be bothered to turn up!!!
5.40 Dave Buba: is loving John Cryer… John Cryer his northern his gritty and he has done some good things. Voted against the war, led a campaign to save huge areas of Essex marshland and I man we could do business with!
6.04 Dave Buba: John Cryer summing up with a quote from Tony Benn. Suck on those apples Tory boy Ed Northover.