Andy Newman, Labour candidate for Chippenham

Andy Newman, Chippenham Labour PPCI am delighted to announce that I have been selected to stand as Labour candidate at the 2015 general election in the Chippenham constituency, which includes Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Chippenham, Melksham and surrounding villages.

You may be interested to know that famous sons and daughters of the area include the veteran Labour MP, Jeremy Corbyn; Stop the War Coalition leader, John Rees; leading Green Party member Derek Wall;  firebrand trade union leader Ken Gill; and pioneer woman trade unionist Dame Florence Hancock.

Here is the announcement in the Bath ChronicleWiltshire Times, and in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.

My provisional website, Andy Newman for Chippenham, is here, but it will be improved shortly.

93 comments on “Andy Newman, Labour candidate for Chippenham

  1. Dave Osler on said:

    Can I be the first to make the Bradford on Avon Spring joke? Oh, and I should add that my mum lived in Melksham when she first arrived in Britain, where she worked as Enid Blyton’s nanny.

  2. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    So Andy Newman will you pledge to reverse the bedroom tax and the rest of the austerity programme implemented by the present government even if it went against your own Part’s policy. Anyway I leave this BBC Scotland news report where “Labour has said it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes, after a suggestion from the party’s Scottish welfare spokeswoman that it will.” I wonder if TUSC will stand? I thought I read last year in one of Andy’s posts that he was not prepared to politically stand because it was not the thing for him?

    “Labour disputes ‘bedroom tax’ claim by Jackie Baillie”:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24090772

  3. robert p. williams on said:

    Which of your parties policies do you oppose if any?

    If you do oppose any of these policies, what would you do differently? How do you intend to change things?

    Or is the Labour Party just fine as far as you are concerned?

  4. All the best,Andy. I’m sure lots of old ladies will be giving those rosy cheeks a tweaking when you go doorstepping.

  5. Is it even on the list of Labour target marginals?
    2010 result:
    Conservative: 21500 (41.04%)
    Labour: 3620 (6.91%)
    Liberal Democrat: 23970 (45.76%)
    BNP: 641 (1.22%)
    UKIP: 1783 (3.4%)
    Green: 446 (0.85%)
    English Democrat: 307 (0.59%)
    Christian: 118 (0.23%)
    Majority: 2470 (4.72%)

  6. George Hallam on said:

    Dave Osler: I should add that my mum lived in Melksham when she first arrived in Britain

    I’ll see you mother’s residence in Melksham and raise you my grandmother who was born in Melksham.

  7. Uncle Albert on said:

    Well done, Andy. No point in hanging around on the sidelines when there’s an opportunity to get stuck in.

    Of course, Chippenham is a tall order but with the Tory and LibDem vote so close it looks like you’ll at least be a Queen/King maker. Should be an interesting contest!

  8. George Hallam: I’ll see you mother’s residence in Melksham and raise you my grandmother who was born in Melksham.

    I’ll raise your grandmother (no pun intended) and show you my mum, who still lives there.

  9. Nice one Andy. My brother lives in the neighbouring constituency of Wiltshire North, and I would be more thsn happy to combine a family visit with a bit of campaigning, assuming I wouldn’t be an embarassment. Our kid’s an embarassed ex Blairite, so in fact it’s him who shoukd be doing the campaigning on second thoughts :)

  10. john haylett on said:

    Andy, I’m delighted at your selection and would love to see you trounce the two conservative coalition candidates next time round. All the best.

  11. Vanya: assuming I wouldn’t be an embarassment.

    I will hold you to your promise of embarassing campaigning! looking forwards to it. If you are down on 22nd March 2014, there will be a local labour moevement history day, attended by Jeremy Corbyn in Chippenham

  12. Congratulations on winning the nomination, and on annoying the shit out of the sectarian loons over at Shiraz Socialist. I note that Andrew Coates is very peeved indeed, which is a good in itself. I remember that buffoon in 1990 when we were both doing some crappy teaching certificate. He was nicknamed the badger on account of that weird haircut and nobody who was at that college will ever forget the magical night when someone squirted lighter fuel through his keyhole and set it alight, causing the badger to scream abuse in French and then stab at the flames with a knife. The following day was spent roaming the campus threatening all and sundry with a visit from the boys in Red Action, whoever they were. Presumably some precursor to the AWL, which is to say Denham and a couple of mates.

    Congratulations again.

  13. I do not understand how somebody who identifies themself as a socialist can stand as a candidate for a neoliberal party that supports capitalism? Shouldn’t all socialists be opposed to capitalism?

  14. George Hallam on said:

    Bob Thomas: I do not understand how somebody who identifies themself as a socialist can stand as a candidate for a neoliberal party that supports capitalism? Shouldn’t all socialists be opposed to capitalism?

    Neoliberalism dissolves the concept of capitalism so, within this view, there is nothing to support or oppose. This allows someone who has absorbed neoliberal ideology to think of themselves as a socialist.

  15. Jimmy Haddow:
    So Andy Newman will you pledge to reverse the bedroom tax and the rest of the austerity programme implemented by thepresent government even if it went against your own Part’s policy.Anyway I leave this BBC Scotland news reportwhere “Labour has said it has not pledged to reverse housing benefit changes, after a suggestion from the party’s Scottish welfare spokeswoman that it will.” I wonder if TUSC will stand? I thought I read last year in one of Andy’s posts that he was not prepared to politically stand because it was not the thing for him?

    “Labour disputes ‘bedroom tax’ claim by Jackie Baillie”:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24090772

    So Jimmy. You are demanding Andy repeals the Bedroom tax all on his own? The whole Austerity programme as well. I knew Andy was good but not that good!

  16. robert p. williams:
    Which of your parties policies do you oppose if any?

    If you do oppose any of these policies, what would you do differently? How do you intend to change things?

    Or is the Labour Party just fine as far as you are concerned?

    Condition, conditions conditions! Andy I think Robert is saying, are you prepared to be a martyr for the left?

  17. George Hallam: Neoliberalism dissolves the concept of capitalism so, within this view, there is nothing to support or oppose. This allows someone who has absorbed neoliberal ideology to think of themselves as a socialist.

    What absolute tosh! Labour support capitalism. Andy Newman is standing as a candidate for the Labour party. Andy Newman is not a socialist.

  18. Bob Thomas: What absolute tosh! Labour support capitalism. Andy Newman is standing as a candidate for the Labour party.Andy Newman is not a socialist.

    Yeah, Andy, if that even is your real name. Too bloody right!

    Where is the call for the disbanding of Wiltshire constabulary and the immediate arming of the River Avon’s small folk? Andy Newman supports a police state.

    Where is the demand for expropriation (with compensation on the basis of proven need alone!) of every inch of land between Salisbury plain and the Cotswalds? Andy Newman supports the rule of the landlords.

    Where is the explicit support for a voluntary socialist confederation of the Great Western station towns, organised into a series of producing and consuming autonomous communes? Andy Newman has wrapped himself in the Butcher’s Apron.

    The only thing standing between us and Red Wiltshire is the social fash in the pro, I say PRO-capitalist Labour Party. For a united front of the working class against Andy Newman!

    Solidarity (except with ****s like Andy Newman),

    Commandante Manzil

  19. jim mclean on said:

    It is nice to see a Labour Candidate who hasn’t relied on family connections to make the seat.
    Labour shortlist for Dunfermline by election.
    Hilton daughter of former Falkirk MSP Cathie Peattie. Yates daughter of Cowdenbeath MSP Helen Eadie, her grandfather was a Labour MP and Laird the daughter of a STUC chairman. What we need is a new new new new workers party to stand.

  20. George Hallam on said:

    Bob Thomas: I do not understand how somebody who identifies themself as a socialist can stand as a candidate for a neoliberal party that supports capitalism? Shouldn’t all socialists be opposed to capitalism?

    Bob Thomas: Labour support capitalism. Andy Newman is standing as a candidate for the Labour party. Andy Newman is not a socialist.

    Will the real Bob Thomas please stand up.

  21. Uncle Albert on said:

    The most likely outcome of Andy’s candidature is a Tory victory in the Chippenham constituency.

    The LibDem votes (less than 3000 ahead of the Tories in 2010) will be the most wobbly and Andy, being well capable of a sharply focused and hard hitting campaign, should be able to pick up enough of these to unseat the sitting LibDem MP.

    The Tory candidate, already fishing on the LibDem side of the pond, looks to be capable of a half-decent campaign and should be untroubled by too much leakage towards UKP – who probably won’t have much of a presence in the constituency anyway.

    As there’s no possibility of Andy achieving a history changing landslide my money will going on the very busy Tory candidate*.

    This’ll certainly give me an incentive to pop down and canvass for Andy.

    And Andy, if you deliver I’ll see you sorted for a post-campaign pint.

    * https://twitter.com/michelledonelan/status/379216489959936000/photo/1

  22. robert p. williams on said:

    Ian: Condition, conditions conditions! Andy I think Robert is saying, are you prepared to be a martyr for the left?

    I’m just wondering what the point of being a Labour MP is if you have no chance whatsoever of actually changing Labours pro-capitalist policies?

    All that is likely to happen is that Andy will compromise what is left of his principles even further. It wasn’t all that long ago that Andy was lambasting Ed. M for being shite, and now we have this servile display of exaggerated flattery for Ed. which is making a good many of us cringe.

    But anyway, well done on getting selected… play your cards right and this could be a fantistic career oppourtunity for you. What’s the pension like?

  23. jim mclean on said:

    Just think, Andy could be among the same intake as Will Straw and maybe even Euan Blair if he finds a seat.

  24. George Hallam on said:

    Bob Thomas: Andy identifies himself as a socialist. Nobody else does.

    Except perhaps, myself.

    I always make it a rule to judge a person by their opinion of themselves, or at least until I’m confronted by compelling evidence to the contrary.

  25. Labour was as “pro-capitalist” and put forward “pro-capitalist” policies during the entirety of Militant’s stay in the party. Something for Rob and Jimmy to ponder on.

  26. Timothy Marshal-Nichols on said:

    Andy on your new website you say:

    While working I studied part time at Oxford University (Kellogg College), and gained an MSc in software and systems engineering.

    Now, are you really, really sure that this is true. Because to judge by this web site (and I’m talking about the design of this site not its politics) I am amazed, I am utterly stunned. The design of this site is so ham fisted and amateurish – which if OK if your really, really do not know what your doing – so did you have the day off (or more likely the year) when they discussed user interface design, or was that topic not worth considering. And yet you apparently claim to know what you’re doing. I am stunned, I really, really never would have guessed. You do know they’ll catch you out if you lie on your CV.

    Clearly Kellogg College is one to avoid.

  27. John: Socialist Unity is this year’s worst political blog, according to a poll conducted by Phil BC over at A Very Public Sociologist.

    The other “worst” blogs include Guido, and CiF, so we are in good company

  28. Timothy Marshal-Nichols: You do know they’ll catch you out if you lie on your CV.

    Christ, the smear campaign has already begun. At least let the man have his Sunday roast dinner basking in the glow of being selected before sticking the boot in.

  29. Timothy Marshal-Nichols: or was that topic not worth considering

    It was Oxford, we studied such things as formal mathematical proofs using predicate logic for design verification.

    I am not now, nor have I ever a programmer or a web designer. I am a telecom and systems engineer.

  30. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    Post 48 says “Labour was as “pro-capitalist” and put forward “pro-capitalist” policies during the entirety of Militant’s stay in the party. Something for Rob and Jimmy to ponder on.”

    Ahh, Phil BC when Militant was involved in it, I believe when you were a weee lad in short pants, it was a workers’ party at the bottom and pro-capitalist at the top, and the rank and file, along with many Militant comrades, fought for pro-socialist policies within the Labour Party against the right-wing and won on many occasions. That cannot be said now when the rank and file are as docile as a dormouse within this capitalist, that will fight tooth and nail to keep the ConDem’s austerity programme, party that is just a forger for careers and a good pension at the end.

    Post 52 says “You do know they’ll catch you out if you lie on your CV.” Quite right too, so Andy I hope you have told the Labour Party GC, or whatever they call it now, the Star Chamber I think, of your 20 years as a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party selling the Socialist Worker on the streets condemning the pro-capitalist policies of the Labour Party for and selling out the middle classes.

  31. jim mclean on said:

    FFS how many far left Marxist have ended up in the Labour Cabinate then / or the Lords.
    I raise you Dr John Reid.
    Rural Labour parties have often been kept alive by Lefties willing to put in the time and effort to allow the electorate a choice with no possible personal gain. Do you know who the candidates for the Liberals, Tory’s and New Workers Party are Andy.

  32. Jimmy Haddow: I think, of your 20 years as a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party

    Yes, like Alistair Darling MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, and Lord Gus McDonald, I used to be a member of the SWP. I was – in accuracy – never a “leading member”.

    So what?

  33. Uncle Albert on said:

    jim mclean: FFS how many far left Marxist have ended up in the Labour Cabinate then / or the Lords.

    By Jove, it’s a long list!

    One only has to think of Alan Milburn before wanting to stop counting.

    Indeed, the Progress Tendency could certainly do much worse than direct a recruitment campaign at the legions of the disillusioned produced so successfully by Trot organisations.

  34. #60 Is Milburn the one GG refrs to as being involved with the old IMG and a bookshop called Days of Hope in Newcastle which was dubbed Haze of Dope?

  35. Uncle Albert on said:

    Vanya,

    It is he. And even more infamously, Milburn was the driving force behind PFI.

    In her book ‘NHS plc’, Allyson Pollock, writes: “Milburn, as Secretary of State for Health … liked to call it [PFI] the largest hospital building programme in the history of the NHS. The reality is that it was also the largest hospital closure programme.”

  36. dagmar the mathematician on said:

    Andy Newman: it is highly improvable from the 2010 vote which had exceptional circumstances

    Indeed. In 1979 the Labour candidate got a vote around 15% higher than last time around (as a total of the Labour vote in 2010, I mean, not of the total vote of all candidates), and in both 1974 elections Labour got around double that.

  37. This is all self-deluding nonsense.

    Once upon a time there was a CLP that de-selected a Cabinet Minister as candidate. The Milis moved some of their key people there to try to claim that it was them what done it. The record shows that the same CLP still holds the record for the number of Milis expelled without intervention of the Labour NEC.

    Some of the same people did both. The CLP, for any readers who are a bit slow on the uptake, was Newham North East

  38. paul fauvet on said:

    Congratulations, Andy – there’s no doubt that you would be a better MP than most of those currently sitting on the Labour benches. Sadly, the mathematics are against you. With Labour on just 6.9 per cent last time, the temptation for progressives in Chippenham will surely be to vote Liberal Democrat to prevent the Tories from retaking the constituency (despite the disgust felt at Nick Clegg’s many betrayals). But politics is a long haul – if you can increase substantially the Labour share of the vote, then you’ll have a strong argument for selection for a safe seat next time.

  39. dagmar the mathematician: In 1979 the Labour candidate got a vote around 15% higher than last time around (as a total of the Labour vote in 2010, I mean, not of the total vote of all candidates), and in both 1974 elections Labour got around double that.

    It is an interesting phenomenon. In the past Labour has controlled the town councils, and I know it is a long time back, but in 1955 Labour stood at 44% in Chippenham (incidently, for leftist trainspotters, not only was Ken Gill from Melksham, but Bradford had a Communist town councillor back in the 1940s).

    The turning point came in 1961, from memory, when the Liberals got a slightly higher vote than Labour, and from the on “tactical voting” meant Labour’s vote fell like a stone.

  40. John Grimshaw on said:

    Andy Newman: The turning point came in 1961, from memory, when the Liberals got a slightly higher vote than Labour, and from the on “tactical voting” meant Labour’s vote fell like a stone.

    Is it not the case also Andy that in the past you would’ve had a healthy number of workers in “these” areas, but since the advent of very sophisticated GPS controlled combines etc. the potential Labour vote has massively declined?

    Can I plug the Saxon Church in Bradford? People should visit. There aren’t many left.

  41. John Grimshaw: Is it not the case also Andy that in the past you would’ve had a healthy number of workers in “these” areas, but since the advent of very sophisticated GPS controlled combines etc. the potential Labour vote has massively declined?

    No I don’t think so, but I will write more on the socio-political geography on the area, when I ave done more resrearch.

  42. Suffolk Peoples Assembly on said:

    Worth a try.
    Only a third of the 2010 Lib Dem vote say they will vote Lib Dem in 2015

    Ipswich Council’s Labour leader, David Ellesmere will challenge Tory incumbent Ben Gummer in 2015.
    He is currently in the Opinion polls by 8 percent and only needs just over 2000 votes to regain Ipswich for Labour.

    Supporting policies like a Living Wage and building New Council Houses certainly helps.
    As does supporting the local Peoples Assembly.

    http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/suffolk-peoples-assembly-17-september/

  43. John Grimshaw: Can I plug the Saxon Church in Bradford? People should visit. There aren’t many left.

    Can I say hello to and dedicate “Two Hearts” by Phil Collins tp everyone who knows me?

  44. John Grimshaw: Is it not the case also Andy that in the past you would’ve had a healthy number of workers in “these” areas, but since the advent of very sophisticated GPS controlled combines etc. the potential Labour vote has massively declined?

    To be fair I think there is something in this. In some areas the old rural Labour vote isn’t there anymore.

    Im not particulary familiar with this exact area but when I grew up in the 1990s in a little village on the somerset/dorset border near Yeovil there was a village shop, a hotel and golf course, a pub. a pottery and several working farms. The church and school had already been turned into homes but there were still families and a bit more employment in the area.

    Now only the pub and one of the farms remain working. The rest have been turned into houses and the village is quiet because many-if not most-of the houses are now second homes for people living in London or homes bought up for a country retirement.

    Decades ago there would have been whole families in the village who were servants for the big house, agricultural labourers, railwaymen, blacksmiths..etc

    A hundred years ago they would have been required to work on the local railway, the quarry up the road, the local town also had a reasonable flax weaving and sail making industry.

    There are still bits of industry-helicopter manufacturing at Yeovil and slightly larger industrial sized cheese or cider producers as well as the standard retail, supermarkets & public sector-bin men, teachers, police, NHS..etc but it is less of a working family place. Some work related to agriculture and tourism is seasonal and only in the summer.

    Even in my relatively short life time the whole area has changed. The broad trend is a higher percentage of pensioners coming to the countryside to retire, a much higher proportion of second homes which are empty for most of the year. Farms and other businesses are folding and much of the young population is moving away for work and cheaper rents.

    If there are more places over there in Wiltshire, outside of the urban areas, where the old shop/pub/railway station/school/church is now a second home for, or retirement home of an old, London stockbroker then the labour vote appears to be doomed.

  45. Jellytot on said:

    Excellent news!

    Good to see some decent candidates being for that party. Who knows? If Andy does well, does a good fighting campaign and increases the Labour vote, he may be selected for a more winnable seat in future. Let’s all hope so.

  46. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    Post 76, Phil BC – and I find it quite amusing to be lectured by youngsters, who may have just got involved with and, who only see the Labour Party of the past through the sociological composition of today; how wrong they are. In the past trade union branches would send delegates to constituency Labour parties, which were a forum to debate policy and influence national decisions. The introduction of ‘one member one vote’ in 1994 and other measures overturned this democratic structure. The trade unions now have a 49% share of the Labour conference vote (down from 90%). However, changes have meant conferences no longer have any say over party policy. These are all things the youngsters of today know nothing about and the oldies that are in the leading positions and carrying out the council and parliamentary positions are trapped in keeping the capitalist status quo. Any Labour councillor who puts their head above the parapet to demand to fight the austerity programme is shot down in flames by the Miliband/Ball’s clones in the constituency parties and are suspended or expelled from Labour groups and the party. I, and the Party I belong to, the Socialist Party, believe that the Labour Party cannot be reclaimed. New Labour has closed all the democratic avenues that once existed. I, we, argue that a new mass workers’ party is needed to give workers a collective political voice. I do not need to go to a Labour Party meeting to know all that. I am just active in the working class movement fighting the austerity programme and campaigning for socialism to know that.

  47. Ken Keable on said:

    Congratulations Andy! If you are elected, and you take Jeremy Corbyn as your example, you’ll be an excellent Labour MP.

  48. Jimmy Haddow:
    Post 76, Phil BC – and I find it quite amusing to be lectured by youngsters, who may have just got involvedwith and, who only see the Labour Party of the past through the sociological composition of today; how wrong they are.In the past trade union branches would send delegates to constituency Labour parties, which were a forum to debate policy and influence national decisions. The introduction of ‘one member one vote’ in 1994 and other measures overturned this democratic structure.The trade unions now have a 49% share of the Labour conference vote (down from 90%). However, changes have meant conferences no longer have any say over party policy. These are all things the youngsters of today know nothing about and the oldies that are in the leading positions and carrying out the council and parliamentary positions are trapped in keeping the capitalist status quo.Any Labour councillor who puts their head above the parapet to demand to fight the austerity programme is shot down in flames by the Miliband/Ball’s clones in the constituency parties and are suspended or expelled from Labour groups and the party. I, and the Party I belong to, the Socialist Party, believe that the Labour Party cannot be reclaimed. New Labour has closed all the democratic avenues that once existed.I, we, argue that a new mass workers’ party is needed to give workers a collective political voice. I do not need to go to a Labour Party meeting to know all that. I am just active in the working class movement fighting the austerity programme and campaigning for socialism to know that.

    Im an oldie like you Jim. But nowhere in your post do you talk about how the SP is going to win the working class vote in the UK. To date the SP has failed. Locally, here in the South , the local TUSC candidate received just over 60 votes in the Eastleigh bye election behind the Elvis Loves Pets party. Over 20 years of embarrassing votes in both local and national elections is evident to every socialist accross the country yet you still plug the New Workers Party line. The latest conversation I had with an SP member fell back on the well worn line that ‘if the TU tops call for a new party and made the break (not that they could, that would require policy and rule changes for TUs, or have we forgotten that?), the workers would rally in their millions!’ What bollocks is that? My personal view as a Trade Unionist of many years is we need to be following a much longer term strategy of regaining the class to the ideas of collectivism which has been torn out of communities in the last 30 years and develop working class politics. That Jim, is from the bottom up not from failed ideas from micro parties on the fringes of the fringes of the Labour movement. Its from the day to day experience in the workplaces and communities that your organisation only pays lip service to. To be honest Jim, we dont want the SP or anyone else to help reclaim working class politics within or outside the Labour Party. We need new , fresh layers of workers who can develop a strategy both industrially and politically in the workplaces and communities. Trade Unions are key to that. You arent.

    Apart from that you make some good points!! :-)

  49. jock mctrousers on said:

    Well, if that’s what you feel you’ve gotta do, Andy… I’d be happier to hear you were starting up a country band. Labour won’t even promise to repeal the Royal Mail nationalisation – which some say would stop it happening in the first place.

  50. Stephen: Hey Andy
    Following the clown’s to the left of you…here come the jokers to the right

    And here I am, stuck in the centre-left with you … …

    Mischevious, attributing view to me I don’t hold, and have never held.

  51. Nick Cohen’s article is clearly defamatory. His error is in relying on reactionary websites such as Harry’s Place, and bloggers such as Howard Fuller, as reliable and respected sources for the most outrageous claims he makes.

  52. John,

    Cohen also conveniently omits Andy’s leading role as a trade-unionist when trying to use the quotes concerning trade unions vis-a-vis the State against him.

  53. Uncle Albert on said:

    John: His error

    Error? Looks more like the beginning of a smear campaign. There’s already been mutterings in certain quarters and my guess is that they’ll have already sounded out the Special Measures option.

    Best not to do what Kerry did re the ‘swift boat’ smears as there’ll be a cumulative effect; so don’t ignore, instead demand the right to reply and rebut.

  54. I disagree with Andy Newman about plenty of things.

    But he annoys all the right people.

    Small-mindedness, narrow-mindedness, closed-mindedness, communalism, sectarianism and factionalism are urban, metropolitan, secular, socially liberal, white and upper-middle-class vices no less than they are vices of anywhere or anyone else.

    Indeed, whereas the anti-war and anti-cuts movements speak for the huge majority of the population when they are permitted to speak at all, the ostensibly left-wing criticism of them articulates urban, metropolitan, secular, socially liberal, white and upper-middle-class small-mindedness, narrow-mindedness, closed-mindedness, communalism, sectarianism and factionalism.

    Specifically, at the moment, it is articulating them against Andy Newman. Nick Cohen and the Harry’s Place crowd, the constituency of Chippenham, doubtless devastated by the cuts and looking with dread at the cake-icing privatisation of the Royal Mail, awaits your alternative candidacy.

    Put up.

    Or shut up.

  55. Congratulations Andy.

    Obviously I can’t advocate a vote for you. Unless a candidate of the Left stands (or of the far Right with a realistic chance of winning), I will be advocating people spoil ther ballot. However, what I advocate is unlikely to make a big difference in Chippenham and, on a personal level, I wish you well with the campaign.

  56. Well done I’m sure you will be a great candidate and good luck.

    Nick Cohen, Harry’s Place and what’s is name if the Devil cast his net.

  57. [note from Tony - I just wanted to show an example of the sort of idiocy that people think is important to post onn SU - this is from 'james248@hotmail.com' - if it's a real email address and you know him, say hi from us]

    Hi Andy,

    Just wanted to let you know that because of your support for Islamists who support wife beating and the lashing of gay people, I will be campaigning to expose you to the public as hard as I can.

    Cheers