Derek Bennett, campaigning in the countryside.
The problem with running a blog is when there are a lot of things going on, the last thing on the to do list is to update the blog. Sadly, of late that has been my problem as there are just too many things happening – especially elections, hence the lack of blogging here.
First there is the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections which are to be held on the 15th November, these are the invisible elections as the vast majority never asked for them, said they wanted them or even have a clue about them. So the chances of vast numbers of people urgently dashing to their polling stations on Thursday 15th November are pretty remote.
None the less Bill Etheridge our UKIP PCC candidate for the West Midlands Police Authority is busy getting his 100 nomination signatures and preparing his campaign, part of which will be a visit to my home town of Walsall where is is speaking at a public meeting my Walsall UKIP branch is organising for him. This is to be at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 16th October in the Lyndon House Hotel in Walsall, anyone wanting to hear what Bill has to say and ask questions of him is most welcome to do so. More locally, also on the 15th November, there is to be a by-election in Bloxwich West due to the resignation of a Councillor, so this one is going to keep our happy little band of UKIP members in Walsall busy, starting with the selection of who our Walsall UKIP candidate is going to be. So there is more distractions from blogging coming up with that one too.
On the election campaign theme, yesterday (Wednesday 3rd October) I had a day campaigning in Corby for the forthcoming Parliamentary by-election. When most people think of Corby they think of a pretty unexciting town which was once a hub for steel production, not of pretty little villages with thatched cottages and idyllic countryside – well that was where I was yesterday knocking on doors telling people why they should vote for Margot Parker, our UKIP candidate. This must class as some of the most pleasant campaigning I have done, especially when our campaigning took us into a very nice country pub for a pint of real ale and a packet of crisps.