Sunday, 2 May 2010

The home straight...

So, we are in to the final few days of campaigning. In the days ahead our many volunteers have a lot of letters and leaflets to deliver and I will be making one last tour of the constituency to knock on as many doors as possible before polling day.

I have noticed a change in mood over the last week or so. People are starting to make their minds up. Even Andrew George, the dithering former Lib Dem MP for St Ives, has apparently decided that he will vote Lib Dem after all. This has been bizarrely flagged up by local Lib Dems in their literature as some sort of coup for their campaign.

Leaving aside Andrew George's surpise decision to vote for his own party, the reception on the doorstep is very good. Many former Lib Dem voters are switching to the Conservatives this time. They want change. The negative Lib Dem campaign and the vandalism of posters has also offended many. Julia Goldsworthy boasts that she is going to win and that anyone who votes for another party is wasting their vote. But I think she is wrong to take people for granted.

Cornwall has failed to get its voice heard in recent years. From water bills to NHS funding, under the Lib Dems' watch, Cornwall has lost out. I want to put that right. It is not enough to talk about problems, we need to implement solutions. If we can get a Conservative government and Conservative MPs in Cornwall, we can get Cornwall's voice heard at last. So let't make it happen...