A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Boris vs Boff - a quid a call

Tory Party fundraisers have hit on the wheeze of charging members of the public unable to contain their excitement at the choice between Boris Johnson and Andrew Boff and whoever the other two are a quid a go on a premium rate phone line to vote in their "primary" to find a candidate for Mayor of London.

Hackney resident Mr Boff - defeated by Hackney Labour when he defended his Queensbridge Ward council seat in May 2006 - has sent the email below to the masses. Surprisingly it only got an 8% "Spam Score".

If you were a Tory Party member paying £25 per year to join, would you be happy that you could be outvoted at a pound a go by the various non-Conservative allies of convenience Boff has acquired during his paddle in the murky pond of Hackney opposition politics?:

"-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Boff
Sent: 08 August 2007 20:05
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Who faces Livingstone - YOU decide [Spam score: 8%]

Who faces Livingstone? YOU decide.
If you live in London you can, for £1, help get me selected as the Tory Candidate for Mayor to face Ken Livingstone in the London elections next year. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CONSERVATIVE. http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=news.story.page&obj_id=137747
As Mayor I would:
End the obsession with building high-rise one and two bedroomed flats and ensure that new homes should be family homes;
Draft legislation to protect small retailers from the unfair competition of chain stores;
Commission a design for 'A bus for London' rather than just import 'bendy buses';
Support local communites [sic] who want smaller, less remote Borough councils;
Insist that Boroughs provide more meaningful activities for our disengaged young people;
Fight against the damage to the environment that overdevelopment and the Olympics threaten; Introduce a procedure whereby citizens would be able to, on raising a petition of a proportion (10% to 30%) of voters on the electoral register, place a proposition to Londoners at the next ordinary election. The result would be binding on the Mayor and the GLA. This means REAL power to the people.
If you phone*:
0906 555 5050
and leave your name and address you will get a ballot paper posted to you in September.Any registered elector in London can vote.

Why not let your address book know?
Andrew Boff
07778 059 290
Mayoral Campaign 2008

"he is one of the most interesting of the people who have battled to become the Tory mayoral candidate. . His appeal will be that, instead of a celebrity ego tripper, Londoners will prefer a competent mayor." The Daily Telegraph, Robert Shrimsley (17th December 1999)
* Calls cost £1.00p per minute from a BT Landline, other operators & networks may vary. iTouch ( UK ) Ltd. EC2A 4PF Promoted by Andrew Boff, 39 Bocking Street, London E8 3GL."


Blogger Chris Paul said...

Had this story and got it in the Guardian Diary more than three weeks ago!!

11:39 pm, August 20, 2007

Anonymous Labour Supporter said...

ok people.

should we pay a quid to vote in this election, and if so who for?

12:53 am, August 21, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


what you didn't have was Boff actively contacting non-Tories to ask them to support him.

9:18 am, August 21, 2007

Blogger Andrew Boff said...

Well, it is an open primary.
labour supporter:
If you share Luke's view that I lose everything, then perhaps you should vote for me.

5:03 pm, August 23, 2007


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