David Drew launches Westminster campaign

From left, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stroud, David Drew, south west Labour MEP Clare Moody and Stroud Labour chairman Dick Greenslade at Mr Drew’s campaign launch

From left, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stroud, David Drew, south west Labour MEP Clare Moody and Stroud Labour chairman Dick Greenslade at Mr Drew’s campaign launch

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DAVID Drew’s campaign to regain his seat in Westminster next year got off to a strong start.

More than 150 people came through the door of Stonehouse Community Centre to pledge their support for the campaign to get David Drew elected as MP for Stroud once again.

“So many people said to me that we need David back,” said Dick Greenslade, chairman of Stroud Labour.

“We collected a large number of promises to support David.”

Mr Drew lost his seat to Conservative Neil Carmichael in 2010, after representing the Stroud constituency for 13 years. Support by visiting the office in Lansdown.

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5:43pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rock Cake says...

Welcome back to the political forefront David, albeit with a fine standing on SDC. If it had not been for the damage caused through the MP expense scandals at the time of the last election, you would have been returned to Parliament. Remind us all again, what number in the list were you in the expenses claimed by MPs at the last election? 3rd bottom wasn't it? An absolute shoe-in next year after the dismal, non-effective performance of the current incumbent. Haste ye back David!
Welcome back to the political forefront David, albeit with a fine standing on SDC. If it had not been for the damage caused through the MP expense scandals at the time of the last election, you would have been returned to Parliament. Remind us all again, what number in the list were you in the expenses claimed by MPs at the last election? 3rd bottom wasn't it? An absolute shoe-in next year after the dismal, non-effective performance of the current incumbent. Haste ye back David! Rock Cake
  • Score: 6

10:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Salendine says...

A shoe in? Doubt it. He is clearly a hard working decent bloke, but the electorate rejected the policies of his party. Not much has changed there. Good luck to him, but he is shackled.
A shoe in? Doubt it. He is clearly a hard working decent bloke, but the electorate rejected the policies of his party. Not much has changed there. Good luck to him, but he is shackled. Salendine
  • Score: 0

8:07am Thu 7 Aug 14

Rock Cake says...

Can see where you're going with that @Salendine, but if the last Government was as you suggest, kicked out purely because of voter dissatisfaction with their policies, I would say there is an equally strong argument that the public will have the same issue this time round after being left to suffer a Government they did not vote for as the coalition was imposed upon them.

Consider the following when weighing up voter satisfaction or otherwise with the Con-Dems since they came to power:

Immediately passing in law, a guaranteed 5 year tenure in Parliament for themselves
Introduction of the Bedroom tax
Draconian cuts to benefits, Welfare State and public services
Use of ATOS to drive vulnerable people back to work
Student tuition fees trebling after Liberals pledging no increase
No referendum on EU membership
Post Office sell-off debacle
Ineffectual leadership during 2011 riots
Use of Zero hour contracts to massage the unemployment figures
Failure to effectively regulate the Banks after 2007
Failure to deliver on over 1/3 of Environmental policy pledges
Free vote on hunting ban not taken forward
Failed to introduce elections for membership to the House of Lords
No tax breaks for married couples.

To me, that does not speak of effectual Government. Instead these failings and the shameful fact we have food-banks opening so prolifically across the UK today is a true indictment of how ineffectual and divisive the Con-Dems have been to this country.

The electorate will of course make their own minds up on the run up to the next General Election next May, however I am still hugely confident it will be David Drew that shall be representing us in that post-election Parliament. Good luck indeed, David.
Can see where you're going with that @Salendine, but if the last Government was as you suggest, kicked out purely because of voter dissatisfaction with their policies, I would say there is an equally strong argument that the public will have the same issue this time round after being left to suffer a Government they did not vote for as the coalition was imposed upon them. Consider the following when weighing up voter satisfaction or otherwise with the Con-Dems since they came to power: Immediately passing in law, a guaranteed 5 year tenure in Parliament for themselves Introduction of the Bedroom tax Draconian cuts to benefits, Welfare State and public services Use of ATOS to drive vulnerable people back to work Student tuition fees trebling after Liberals pledging no increase No referendum on EU membership Post Office sell-off debacle Ineffectual leadership during 2011 riots Use of Zero hour contracts to massage the unemployment figures Failure to effectively regulate the Banks after 2007 Failure to deliver on over 1/3 of Environmental policy pledges Free vote on hunting ban not taken forward Failed to introduce elections for membership to the House of Lords No tax breaks for married couples. To me, that does not speak of effectual Government. Instead these failings and the shameful fact we have food-banks opening so prolifically across the UK today is a true indictment of how ineffectual and divisive the Con-Dems have been to this country. The electorate will of course make their own minds up on the run up to the next General Election next May, however I am still hugely confident it will be David Drew that shall be representing us in that post-election Parliament. Good luck indeed, David. Rock Cake
  • Score: 1

9:39am Thu 7 Aug 14

jaytee8937 says...

He might put 1500 homes at Hardwick, like he did last time he was MP. Oh no sorry he is against Greenfield sites this time round. What a flexible political beast he is. Very active in SDC over the last 4 years. They are in a complete mess, coincidental or causal???
He might put 1500 homes at Hardwick, like he did last time he was MP. Oh no sorry he is against Greenfield sites this time round. What a flexible political beast he is. Very active in SDC over the last 4 years. They are in a complete mess, coincidental or causal??? jaytee8937
  • Score: -1

11:56am Sat 9 Aug 14

Salendine says...

Rock cake, I am a bit of a an independent without significant political allegiances, so whilst your list is fact it is also cherry picking. My worries about Labour are that they have neither the conviction nor courage to make difficult decisions for the greater good. We need a strong economy to provide a better quality of life for everyone. In bad times some unpopular decisions need to be made causing short term grief. I can't see Milliband making those decisions. Cameron has and all indicators are that the economy is recovering. I fear a good man like Drew will once again lose out. I think the electorate will see the bigger picture.
Rock cake, I am a bit of a an independent without significant political allegiances, so whilst your list is fact it is also cherry picking. My worries about Labour are that they have neither the conviction nor courage to make difficult decisions for the greater good. We need a strong economy to provide a better quality of life for everyone. In bad times some unpopular decisions need to be made causing short term grief. I can't see Milliband making those decisions. Cameron has and all indicators are that the economy is recovering. I fear a good man like Drew will once again lose out. I think the electorate will see the bigger picture. Salendine
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Rock Cake says...

@Salendine - I totally respect your opinions, but facts are facts. Cherry picking doesn't come into it. I will happily take retorts on successes this Government has delivered that has helped the working man. Labour lack courage? With the amount of internal bickering and disagreements we have witnessed over the tenure of this Parliament, highlighted in the factually extensive list I've already shown, how can anyone trust them to make the hard decisions? A strong economy is clearly important, but at what price? Once again, it is the most vulnerable in society that are paying the highest price (see the list again) to facilitate such economic recovery, and until the Con-Dems come down hard on their Eton / Bullingdon Club brethren whom caused the entire banking fiasco in the first place, we will all still be at the mercy of their power and influence. How can that possibly be right?
@Salendine - I totally respect your opinions, but facts are facts. Cherry picking doesn't come into it. I will happily take retorts on successes this Government has delivered that has helped the working man. Labour lack courage? With the amount of internal bickering and disagreements we have witnessed over the tenure of this Parliament, highlighted in the factually extensive list I've already shown, how can anyone trust them to make the hard decisions? A strong economy is clearly important, but at what price? Once again, it is the most vulnerable in society that are paying the highest price (see the list again) to facilitate such economic recovery, and until the Con-Dems come down hard on their Eton / Bullingdon Club brethren whom caused the entire banking fiasco in the first place, we will all still be at the mercy of their power and influence. How can that possibly be right? Rock Cake
  • Score: 0

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