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Nadine Dorries
Ampthill
Posted Thursday, 19 April 2007 at 21:19

I have spent six hours canvassing today – my feet are killing me!

 

Finished up in Ampthill this evening. One of the Candidates, Paul, runs the Queens Head pub, needless to say, that’s where we all ended up. A good local pub serving some of the best beer in Bedfordshire.

 

I was a bit shocked to discover that the Labour candidate has bailed out in Ampthill and is standing as an independent; apparently I believe he thinks he can’t win under a Labour banner.

 

If he has genuinely changed his politics, fair enough, however, I remember standing as the Conservative candidate for a council election in a sink Labour ward in the North West. I had no chance of winning, but I still worked my socks off and achieved a 31% swing to the Conservatives. This game should be about what and who you believe in, about principles and beliefs, not what you want to achieve for yourself.

 

The response on the doorstep was excellent, Paul from the Queens Head and Carol Gibson have been out every single day. They are as about as enthusiastic as you can get. They are both mad, as in cross, about the bins, the traffic and the escalating rate of local crime.

 

Good local people championing the issues which everyone needs sorted on a day to day basis, what local politics is all about.

 
 
 
Alan, Ampthill said:
Responded: Thursday, 19 April 2007
Paul is very well known around here, a decent bloke. To be honest, if he was standing for another party I would be tempted to vote for him.
 
 
Ampthill girl said:
Responded: Thursday, 19 April 2007
The ex Labour candidates name is Mark. I reckon not a lot of people in Ampthill know he has jumped ship. That's what rats do eh? He runs a web site in Ampthill on which four people talk to each other on a daily basis.Why don't they just phone each other?I signed up but nearly died of boredom waiting for someone to say something interesting. When people do blog, it can be days apart, they are usually quite nasty in a very un christian churlish way.I reckon they are virtual people and it's this Mark guy making up his own world of imaginary friends.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
You knocked on my neighbours house. He went into his wife and said, "I'm in love". Jack's 80, you made an old man very happy. Why did I get the tall bald man with glasses knocking on mine?
 
 
Anon said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Have you seen article in The Mail today about 1 in 30 babies born alive after medical abortion?
 
 
Carl Cross said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Too true about the rats leaving the sinking ship. I can remember some so-called Conservative councillors in Liverpool doing the same in the 1980s when the going got tough. They ended up in the Lib Dems and are still there (in positions of power) whilst the dedicated and determined (and principled) who were left behind continued the diffiult fight. The Lib Dems are welcome to them - sums up everything about that party.
 
 
Paradise Alley said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I suppose it's hardly worth my time even typing this out but Mark gives/has given quite a bit of time and energy for the town which very many do not. I wasn't aware that he was previously a Labour candidate and it makes no difference to me. I shall vote on local rather than party issues. Has he got you all a little bit RATTLED? That said, the Queens Head is a good pub and Paul's beers are about the BEST in town. ATAF!
 
 
Robert McIlveen said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
31% swing? Or do you mean you increased the vote by 31%? Sorry to be picky but this sorto f claim always sounds very dodgy! (Great blog btw!)
 
 
DoomMonger said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Does it really matter who gets voted in? Our concil tax will continue to rise with fewer services provided. We will probably still have to wait several days for a bobby to answer our distress call and we will be punished for putting in the 'wrong' rubbish in our bins.I have never seen a local politician on my doorstep,ever, in the 30 years I have lived in my town (on a main road too).Perhaps you could be the first Nadine?
 
 
Peter Flint said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Mark seems to be the most open and well intentioned of all the candidates I've encountered up to this point. His national political allegiance is irrelevant at this level. Ampthill girls' nasty un christian and chirlish comments about him and his supposed imaginary friends say more about herself than Mark.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Good luck to Paul - I remember Ampthill very well, I used to live in Bedord - it ended up with a Labour MP in 97 - we were less than impressed with him before we left. This is not about Ampthill but here goes. All my children still live and work in Bedford. About 3 years or so back, my grandaughter worked for a while at an hotel there while she was still at school. He (the MP) spoke to her while working, part of which he said is as follows after asking about school he said something along the lines of work hard at school, she doesn't want to be 'just a waitress' for the rest of her life. She was furious - it had a knock-on effect though - she'll never vote Labour :) I love your blog - it is a daily visit from me. jo
 
 
Alison, Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I reckon it's Mark Paul Carol and Richard for me. Anyone franlly other than the Lib Dems who are more interested in the politics than Amnpthill. if anyone can tell me one single thing a Lib Dem has done for Ampthill, other than talk the takl, I may change my mind.
 
 
Angela at Lands End said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
It seems that voter apathy has spread to those who would normally consider standing for election. Down here in the Westcountry out of 272 seats up for grabs an amazing 226 will be uncontested. If that is happening nationwide, where is the democracy in that? It may dissappoint you to know that I would vote for you primarly because of your personality,passion and honesty, your politics would come second. Only because I can say I have TRUST in you. I say this because you went out of your way to help me in a past life (as one of your then constituents) and I now trust your judgement.You must be coming up to your second aniversary as MidBeds MP and I know how tirelessly you work.Well done, may you achieve all your ambitions, you deserve them.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Is there a Lib Dem standing in Ampthill? I haven't had any leaflets? Mark, Paul and Carol for me. I don't really know Carol, but if she's a mate of yours Nadine I am sure I will be smitten!
 
 
Mrs P - Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
We have a female MP but I don't think we have any women on the council, do we? I have never had a leaflet through my door for a woman other than Nadine. I have never voted before but I would vote for you Nadine. I live in Ampthill and I have seen you in Waitrose three Friday nights on the trot now. On all three you looked knackered ( in a I'm really attractive but not had much sleep kind of way) and kept answering your mobile phone.Tell them to sod off, you have to eat! I will vote for Carol. I think you have shown that women can bring a more caring side to politics. We do need a balance, so all three of my votes will go to Carol.
 
 
Teddy said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Did you know your abortion bill was mentioned on Radio 4 today?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
"This game should be about what and who you believe in, about principles and beliefs, not what you want to achieve for yourself." That's a bit rich coming from the party that wanted Greg Dyke to stand for it in London!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
paul is a cool guy. he's from Liverpool and very very funny. I imagine him and nadine get on like a house on fire.My spy tells me that as she left the pub last night she said "thanks foir the drink paul s**t pub by the way" at least with those teo politics may get abit more interesting around herre.
 
 
New Admirer said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
To Jack's neighbour-Nadine had the same effect on me. Trouble is the wife was less understanding and hasn't spoke to me since.We should have elections at least once a month.
 
 
Peter said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I've told her before Mrs.P, Nadine should get help around the house. I read in the paper the other day about a council dignitary whinging because the council chaffeur hadn't turned up to transport him a few hundred yards away, and our MP does all her own driving? Get a Mrs. Thursday and a Man Friday in please Nadine. You'll be burnt out by the time your forty!
 
 
New Addict said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Your blog is great Nadine and all the comments too, including the comedy and pathos.Post them all.
 
 
sally said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
That's a bit harsh New Admirer, think of Nadine's feet. How come Mrs. P's got three votes and I only one?
 
 
New Admirer said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I reckon the moderator would step in if I gave an honest answer to that one Sally. In all seriousness though Nadine,slow down. I wouldn't want you to experience the same facial cruelty life has imposed on Blair over the past few years. Have you ever compared his photos now and then. I know his mind is disfigured but his face now, ye gods, stress reunited. (Nice one nature)Don't let that happen to you,Nadine.
 
 
Mrs P said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I'm not sure! The man who knocked on my door last night told me I had three votes. You are right though, does sound a bit odd.
 
 
George in Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
You are right about the Lib Dems. Odious and opportune. They only ever ever vote the way they think can give them an advantage. I lived in Stockport for ten years with a Lib Dem Council Thye would go down one road saying they were against thte A6 by pass, because the people who lived on that road didn't want it, and then go down the other saying they did want the by pass, because the people who lived in that road did. They do the same here, agree with whatever you say, you will never find a Lib dem who disagrees with you as long as you give him your vote. I was a Labout councillor in Stockport. You only have to see the Lib dems close up to know you would never trust them.
 
 
Flemish Flan said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Ampthill girl,with an attitude like this you'd be lucky to even have one imaginary friend. Nevermind, judging by your comment you'll always have a friend in Jesus I suppose. Compared to Mark's years of service, what have you done for the community ?.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
George, you are so right. The Lib Dems are the party for the politicaly unaware, the non thinkers. If they did think, they may well ask themselves, actually, what am I voting for. I would urge anyone to check the voting record of the Lib Dem councillors before they vote for them. They may get a nasty surprise. I declare an interest here Nadine, so you may not post this, I am one of your activists who is slightly miffed that you aren't usuing your site to put the Conservative message across a bit harder. Why wont you mention that one of the Lib Dem councillors only attended four meetings in the whole of last year, and that they having opposed the offices in Chicksands and scored political points going on about nothing else, now at the council meetings declare their support for chicksands _ bet they wont tell anyone that on their leaflets.
 
 
T Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Is this Mark who was mayor? He is a good bloke. Is he standing for the Lib Dems now then?
 
 
KR Ampthill said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Carol is lovely. A very kind lady, and frankly, we need a little more of that in this nasty world of politics.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Just to clear up the 3 votes thing - there are three seats in the Ampthill and Millbrook ward, so every voter gets three votes and can vote for three separate people. Sorry Mrs P, you'll only be able to vote for Carol once, but Paul and Richard sound good too!
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Careful Mrs. P. I don't think the likes of Mrs Beckett and Hewitt qualify in the caring catagory, However if we could clone Nadine we would be well on the way to a better society. Oh, and if you see her in Waitrose tonight go and tell her to take life a bit easier and see if there is a big cake in her trolley.
 
 
Disgusted, Tavistock Ave said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Something else the Lib Dems wont say in a leaflet - there is a proposal to cut the library opening hours. At the committee meeting where the decision was taken, the two Liberal Democrats voted for the shorter hours, whilst the Conservatives voted against the hours being cut. I voted Lib Dem last time, never again.Don't believe me? Check the standing committee minutes.
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Everyone, I have left this thread running and not blogged to day. However, please can we keep points to be made friendly and nice even? I am going to have to go to a different supermarket tonight in case anyone is watching my trolley!!
 
 
Crusty in the library said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
You were in Flitwick library a minute ago with your arms around a lady who was crying - I am on the computer in the library now, I just looked you up - how did you get to a computer so quick then?
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Crusty, That is creepy. If you want to talk to me come up and say hello, I am on my lap top in Tescos car park, but I am leaving right now!!!
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I knew you'd go there as they are doing a two for the price of one on special cakes! And at this time of night they're often reduced in price.
 
 
Chandos Rd said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
It's Mark, Paul and Carol for me - for the following reasons: 1. Mark is a bit ascerbic and gruff, would never have a fan club because he's just not nice enough, but he does care a great deal about Ampthill and will fight it's corner. 2. Paul does do the best beer in Ampthill, is a good laugh, is serious about being a councillor, his dad was an Alderman and it's in his blood. Besides, if you don't vote for him he'll have the tyres off your car. 3.Carol, she's a friend of Nadine's and is supposed to be really nice and has lived in Ampthill all her life, that's got to be good enough for anyone in this town.
 
 
Ampthill girl said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I have really got them rattled on the the boring blog site. As a matter of fact I do know all of the candidates. The reason I am p***** off with Mark is I am a Labour party member and I don't like rats. I don't like people who use a political party to get themselves up the ladder and then when their ego or profile, usually ego, is big enough they think they can dump the party that got them there in the first place. Doesn't smack to me of the qualities I want in a councillor.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
What is this boring blog site, would love to see? I have looked around Marks web site and can't see anything like that, what is the addy?
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Chandos Rd, I agree with your three. I work at Chicksands. The Lib Dem councillors are AWFUL!Ask Mark what he thinks of them!
 
 
wotcha said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
Hey Nadine, before criticising Mark Smith, why don't you explain to us why you didn't stay and fight Hazel Grove rather than take the easy option of being parachuted into a safe seat like Mid-Beds
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Friday, 20 April 2007
I am going to close this thread down now because it's local and election time and there is a tendency for everyone to start getting personal. I will answer some of the comments though before I do. I didn't know who Mark Smith was until last night, although I did know the previous mayor of Ampthill was called Mark! I don't have a problem with him standing at all - in fact , good luck to him and anyone else who is putting up for the local elections because it's not easy work and takes a great deal of commitment. Robert, it was so long ago I'm not sure. It was worked out by the chairman on a fag packet at the count, but if I am not mistaken, it was swing. Ampthill girl, you are always welcome, but I am sure you will find a Labour party web site more useful to you to let off steam.Doom Monger, I am never off doorsteps, but if you live on a main rd that may be the reason, we tend to keep to places easy to park.Wotcha, you are the reason I am closing the thread, the minute a nasty tone comes in it goes downhill, and I don't like lies. I was not parachuted into Mid Beds, oh that I where. I was interviewed along with 17 other candidates who had been shorltisted after expressing an interest in the seat. The seat was advertised before this to local candidates. I then made the final three and was overwhelmingly voted in via a secret ballot of Mid Beds members.
 
 
James 11 said:
Responded: Saturday, 21 April 2007
Would the honourable Lady give way and let me have the last word? No. Well I'll send this anyway. I really enjoy your blogs and the comments that follow but why do you, after having 30+ comments decide to shut down because of one person? Why should the very small minority spoil it for so many, as they do in real life.I've visited a lot of boring Lab sites,don't turn yours into one please. Let everyone have their say within reason, delete the worst and reply with the truth as you did here. By the way I think it was you in Tescos, but would never say hello to you as I believe you are entitled to some private time just like everyone else, but there was no cake in the trolley.
 
 
 
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