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Labour’s Last Gasp Attempt to Win

Tonight I have been sent a text message which Reading Labour Party thinks will shore up their crumbling support in some of their town centre wards. It was received with some amusement and contempt by some of the recipients I was with tonight. It reads:

“Message from Martin Salter & David Sutton to all our friends in the Pakistani community: You all know how hard we have worked for the community for more than 25 years. Now we specially ask you to come out & Vote Labour in these important elections on Thursday. With our best wishes, Martin & David.”

Do Labour honestly think that a message from a former MP who now lives in Australia and a former Council Leader who was defeated by his electorate a couple of years ago, will swing votes in the Pakistani community? Their contacts list is obviously out of date as it was sent to Conservative candidates and campaign team members and fails to reflect the fact that very many voters of Pakistani original in Reading have switched to Conservative in this election.

Roll on 7am tomorrow and the eventual election count on Friday morning!


May 4, 2011 - Posted by | Local


  1. Richard,
    From one ex-Reading Tory councillor, good luck to all the tory candidates and I hope Friday see’s the conservatives taking overall control of the town.


    Comment by Mark Anderson | May 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Mark – I will blog the results as soon as I can!

      Comment by Richard Willis | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. And I have worked hard for the Pakistani community for 18 years and do hope that those who respect my values will vote Labour today.

    Comment by Christine | May 5, 2011 | Reply

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