FLIMBY is a village on the coast between Maryport and Workington and is part of the Maryport West Electoral Division.
Yesterday, on a brilliantly sunny Sunday morning, Maryport West candidate Carl Edgar and I counted seventeen BNP posters in windows there, before we sped off up the coastal road to Maryport.
Carl lives in Flimby, and he knows that he has supporters there, but even he admits to being surprised at the number of homes that are prepared to show their political allegiance.
That's a good story to start the blog with this morning, but it is not the best from yesterday's campaigning.
The first stop for Carl and I was the relatively new estate around the Maryport Marina, called Ritson Wharf. The people who live here would have, in the past, only been considered as New Labour or Tory voters, and when we leafleted it a couple of years ago we weren't well received.
I remember one lady holding the leaflet between her thumb and index finger and as far away from her as possible as though it was something that smelled quite revolting and saying "take this away".
It was different this morning. We only saw a few people out in their gardens but two of those said they were voting BNP this time.
One lady taking morning tea on her patio took a candidate card off Carl and said that she would be voting for him. She was looking around when she said this as though she didn't want to be overheard. Then I came across a gentleman spraying his drive with weedkiller.
"You've got our vote," he said when I gave him the card, "and there's probably plenty more votes for you around here," he added.
So just like on Saturday on the Beeches estate, the BNP appears to be increasing its support in the former New Labour/Tory strongholds of Maryport.
So now on to my guestimation as to how Carl will do on Thursday.
He's up against Bill Cameron who has been around since the year 'dot' but whose popularity with the voters is definitely on the wane and that happened long before the expenses scandal. I think Carl will do us proud in our first election on this patch.
Cumbria County Council
Bill Cameron (Labour) 40%
Carl Edgar (British National Party) 22%
John Rivers (Liberal Democrat) 21%
John Peel (Independent) 17%
Today, I'm off to Workington to help Stephen Stoddart in his St John's ward. It will be interesting to see if the support here can match the enthusiastic responses from the public we received over the weekend in Maryport.
And finally what would a political party seeking popular support want most of all at the beginning of the final week before polling day?
Why to have the most unpopular Prime Minister in British history telling people not to vote for you . . .
Your wish is my command, so here it is - Gordon Brown urges voters not to back BNP
Monday, 1 June 2009
Posted by Martin Wingfield at 07:17