Unpopular party tries to hide
As voters go to the polls in today’s Batley and Spen by-election, a snap has emerged of Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater’s campaign leaflet. Well, she is Labour’s candidate – but you’d be hard-pressed to know that from the leaflet itself:
As far as can be made out from the image, Labour is not mentioned at all – except perhaps in tiny text so small it is unreadable in the image:
It seems the party is afraid of its unpopularity and that of its leader and is trying to make this campaign all about the individual – which might work better with an individual who didn’t say in an interview recently that voters would only know what ‘position’ she is taking on issues after the election is over:
It would also probably help if the issues raised by the leaflet – road safety, cleaner streets etc – weren’t more suited to a local council election than a parliamentary one.
Labour, like most people, thinks it has almost no chance in Batley and Spen today, despite fighting a smear-based and potentially illegal campaign to try to shore up its vote. We’ll know in half a day or so whether they’re right.
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