When Guido saw Bad Al Campbell’s last tweet:
“Should not get too wound up by bizarre ramblings of candidate in unwinnable seat. Attention seeking takes many forms.”
Guido thought he was talking about Ed Balls calling for tactical voting. Apparently not, he was blaming Sood…
Ed should be careful for what he wishes, tactical voting might not give Ed the result he wants. Balls is as everyone knows the illiberal bullying protege of Gordon Brown, he is he admits still in contact with his friend Damian McBride. Ed Balls represents the worst of New Labour, he is a master at spinning anonymous briefings against rivals. Not the sort of character most LibDems would like to see in parliament.
He has a notional majority of 9,000 in the newly created Morley & Outwood seat. That should be taken with a pinch of salt, it is a new seat created after boundary changes, in local council elections over the last 2 years Labour has polled badly, even coming fourth on occasion.
With Labour nationally polling in third place, the swing against Labour means Balls’ notional lead is likely to be negligible, his Tory opponent Antony Calvert is fighting an incredibly energetic campaign, he’s raised money online for his campaign and he has caught the imagination of the media with his “Balls Moment” advert. If LibDem voters want to see the back of Gordon Brown’s closest henchmen and witness the most memorable moment of election night, just as in 1997 when Portillo was defeated, they should vote tactically. If you are up for a “Balls Moment”, LibDems have to vote Tory this time in Morley and Outwood.
UPDATE : Punters are putting their money on Calvert to take the seat, he is now favourite to win.