Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Whitburn Canvas

We sent several hours knocking on doors in Whitburn today. Whitburn is of course a new ward in the constituency and was formerly in Jarrow. I've tried throughout the whole constituency to canvas streets which would be described as "marginal" rather than just visiting houses in streets we know have a lot of Conservative voters in them - although of course it is very important to visit your loyal supporters too. The purpose of visiting "marginal" streets to encourage discussion on the doorstep with people who genuinely have not decided which way they are going to vote. Often by dropping by to introduce yourself you'll win a vote because you've taken the time and made the effort to engage with your voters.

While we were in Whitburn there was a Labour car driving around blaring out lies about "Tory Cuts." These cowardly claims made from the comfort of their heated cars seats, while we pounded the streets on what was a very cold morning are doing them more damage than gain. People don't believe what Labour are saying, they see it as shameful scaremongering. People have seen David Cameron has come out and made the Pensioners Pledge, as well confronting Gordon Brown in the second debate about his disgraceful claims (which Brown told yet another one of his lies about: 'I didn't authorise any such claims' - really??? They were on his own leaflets):

http://www.conservatives.com/News/News_stories/2010/03/Conservatives_announce_pensioner_pledge.aspx

I have been keeping a tally of ex-miners who have told me they have / are voting Conservative for the first time and it's now at six. Remember though this is only six votes I know about, it's a cameo of the wider picture and it really encourages me to persevere in these last few days of the campaign.

Vote Local, Vote for Change, Vote Karen Allen.

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