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
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.
It must have seemed like a great idea for TV historian Tristram Hunt to plan to give a talk in the Redbridge Book and Media Festival at Wanstead Library. He was, after all, talked about as a possible prospective Labour party candidate in the very safe Labour Leyton and Wanstead seat. And the event was planned for just days before the expected date of the general election – a perfect opportunity to speak to prospective constituents about the life of Friedrich Engels,Â the subject of his latest book.