Tim Farron is getting more than a little ahead of himself claiming Sarah Olney’s win is a rejection of Trump and the 2015 election too. Richmond Park was a 21% swing by a Remain constituency against its incumbent Leave MP. Food for thought for Labour Remainer MPs with pro-Leave constituencies…
The LibDems have a reputation as some of the dirtiest campaigners around, and they are living up to it in Richmond Park. Local resident Paul Waugh, 50, had the above fake newspaper put through his door. It’s more convincing than the usual literature used by political parties, and even goes as far as including reports from “a senior Gazette reporter” who does not exist. All with the aim of hoodwinking voters. The most shameless fake news yet?
“Zac is crap”… pic.twitter.com/iGiM4bDlv9
— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) November 30, 2016
Instead of learning the lessons from his referendum flotilla humiliation, Bob Geldof has gone to canvas for the LibDems in Richmond today. He’s been chanting “Zac is crap” for the cameras like a poundshop Eddie Izzard. Sad.
Geldof campaigning for Lib Dems urges tactical Lab voters. “The lib dems are tiny! They’re not a threat!” LibDemPress keep on smiling…
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) November 30, 2016
Well done to the LibDems. This has gone about as well as Miliband and Russell Brand.
The LibDem by-election campaign in Richmond has two key messages: that their candidate Sarah Olney will vote against Article 50 and oppose Heathrow expansion even more so than Zac. How is that going?
First Olney was forced to delete her website after saying we should go ahead with Brexit:
“Britain is leaving the EU – OK, I accept that. I don’t think we should re-run the referendum. I think we should stick to the course that has been decided.”
Now it turns out her husband helped to build Heathrow Terminal 5. “Town planner” Ben Olney’s CV boasts that before his current job he was “working on the delivery of Terminal 5 at Heathrow”.
Sarah has plastered Ben’s face all over her leaflets and heavily involved him in her campaign. Richmond LibDems have an anti-Brexit candidate who wants Brexit to go ahead, an anti-Heathrow expansion candidate whose husband helped expand Heathrow…
Over the weekend the LibDem by-election candidate Sarah Olney suggested Brexit-backing Zac Goldsmith shouldn’t be Richmond Park’s MP because he “represents a constituency that voted 73% remain in the referendum.” On that logic Nick Clegg should step down in Sheffield, which voted 51% Leave, and Tom Brake should quit in Carshalton (where the wider Sutton area voted 54% Leave). So too should Norman Lamb, whose North Norfolk constituency voted almost 60% for Leave. Will Sarah support removing 40% of LibDems from the Commons as well?
Unknown LibDem Richmond candidate Sarah Olney has used her first national newspaper interview to launch a clumsy attack on Zac Goldsmith’s wealth. Speaking to the MoS, Olney went after Zac over the money he inherited from his dad, claiming he won’t understand what it means if the price of Marmite goes up. A strange class war attack line – leafy Richmond is hardly full of people who’ll be pushed below the breadline. Zac responded by taking the Michelle Obama approach last night:
Congratulations to Sarah Olney on her selection as Lib Dem candidate this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing her on the campaign trail.
— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) October 30, 2016
Doesn’t exactly fit the LibDem narrative that Zac is nasty and they’re the cuddly ones…
A BMG survey for the Evening Standard suggests Richmond Park isn’t as close as the bookies suggest…
The LibDem by-election campaign in Richmond is off to an ominous start, with the local party yesterday welcoming disgraced ex-MP Jenny Tonge back into the fold. Tonge is a former Richmond Park MP – despite losing the whip in the Lords she is still a LibDem member, the party has ignored her string of anti-Semitism scandals including one just last week. The photo above was posted yesterday by the official Richmond LibDem Twitter account, showing Tonge is intimately involved in their campaign. Well done chaps.
Robert Courts (Con) – 17,313 (45.02%)
Liz Leffman (Lib Dem) – 11,611 (30.19%)
Duncan Enright (Lab) – 5,765 (14.99%)
Larry Sanders (Green) – 1,363 (3.54%)
Dickie Bird (UKIP) – 1,354 (3.52%)
Easy Tory hold though a big swing to the LibDems, very bad result for UKIP.[…] Read the rest
Open Britain, the zombie campaign of ex-BSE Remoaners, claims to be non-partisan. Odd, then, that they’ve tweeted to their followers telling them to vote LibDem in the Witney by-election today. Do Open Britain’s vocal Tory backers Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan endorse this message?[…] Read the rest
Yesterday Guido revealed how most Tory candidates had been blocked from standing in Witney to ensure a local candidate took the seat. It looks like even more of a stitch up this morning. Here are your new runners and riders:
- James Mills – The bookies’ favourite and leader of the local district council.
Labour comfortably hold Sadiq Khan’s Tooting seat:
Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour) – 17,894 (55.9% +8.7%)
Dan Watkins (Tory) – 11,537 (36.1% -5.8%)
Esther Obiri-Darko (Green) – 830 (2.6% -1.5%)
Alexander Glassbrook (LibDem) – 820 (2.6% -1.4%)
Elizabeth Jones (UKIP) – 507 (1.6% -1.3%)[…] Read the rest
Channel 4 News last night exposed more allegations about Tory overspending in South Thanet. Michael Crick’s investigation revealed:
- More hotels booked that were not declared.
- CCHQ Campaign Specialist Marion Little personally booked hotel rooms in her name, registered to her home adress in Hertfordshire.