Reasons not to diss swing voters No1
Reasons not to diss swing voters No1:
If your parliamentary seat has had its boundaries changed and name changed to Dagenham & Rainham, lost three council estate wards to Barking and picked up three wards from Hornchurch where the Tories are competitive or ahead, perhaps it hasn't been wise to have devoted so much energy to telling the Labour Party to pay less heed to the concerns of the kind of swing voters who pick between Labour and the Tories.
My partner happened to be the Labour full-time Agent for Hornchurch in 2005. She describes one of the new wards moved into Dagenham & Rainham - Rainham & Wennington as "semi-rural, with wall-to-wall owner-occupied bungalows and villas and a very elderly population". Just the kind of people who will respond to a more radical Labour Party. Not.
London Tory activist Sean Fear claims that "Dagenham & Rainham provides an outside chance of a Conservative gain".
Maybe the seat's MP's misguided strategy would do for him as well as his colleagues in the seats that make up Labour's majority, if we were foolish enough to adopt it.