The campaign in Swale East continues. Labour Candidate Ashley Wise was door-knocking in Teynham again at the weekend. With help from Kent Labour Students another 200 doors were knocked on. For some doors it was the first time a Labour candidate has canvassed them for 11 years.
One of the biggest issues from residents is opposition to KCC plans to turn off street lights between midnight and 5am and the punishing fare increases affecting commuters in the village who already have an infrequent train service.
Ashley said ‘Across Sittingbourne and Sheppey – over the last year and a half – as a Party we have overhauled our activities. It is important we reach out beyond the areas we expect to do well in at election time to show people that we are listening and are on the side of ordinary people during tough times. People are being sorely let down by the Tory-led Coalition Government, receiving a poor service from Tory dominated Kent County Council and the Conservative Swale Council is bumbling along achieving very little; people are telling us they’ve had enough. We need to show ourselves to be the alternative and by listening to residents concerns we can do this.’