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This week’s diary is written by Nigel Huddleston, who has been candidate since November 2007 for Luton South, a seat where he has to overturn a notional Labour majority of 5,698. Nigel says that it is the most reliable bellwether seat in the country, with the winning party going on to form the government in every election since 1951. Mired in the expenses scandal, sitting Labour MP Margaret Moran has announced she will be standing down at the next election and Labour are in the process of selecting a replacement while Moran remains on sick leave - although rumours persist that she may yet stand down and trigger a by-election. Meanwhile, just last week Esther Rantzen has indicated her intention to stand in the seat as an independent. If you would like to help Nigel's campaign or just want to stay updated on how things
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Saturday July 25th
The fun part of politics. Attending a local village day with the family (Luton South covers part of rural south Bedfordshire as well as the town). Bouncy castles, hook a duck, raffles and Pimms! Local community coming together, having fun and raising £4,000 for good causes. Sun shone, kids enjoyed it… A good day all round.
Cllr Ruth Gammons informs me of increasing concern about a proposed nearby housing development. She suggests we begin a campaign similar to the successful one to protect the green belt to the east of Luton from unwanted, central government imposed development. Our policy of scrapping regional spatial strategies and putting development decisions back in control of local authorities is striking a chord with voters.