People’s Republic of Jericho

Votes in the Jericho & Osney ward here in Oxford have just been counted:

Susanna Pressel (Labour) 1793 votes ELECTED
Catherine Hilliard (Lib Dem) 769 votes
Bill Wilson (Conservative) 513 votes
Kaihsu Tai (Green) 311 votes.

And, once again, results in Oxford are going against the national trend, and it looks as if the local Labour party is going to be consolidating its grip on the City Council.

If you’re curious about why Andrew Smith held on comfortably in Oxford East (despite the fact that the Lib Dem challenger was really quite good) and the Lib Dems crashed and burned in OxWAb (where the Tory challenger was clearly bonkers), then Don Paskini has a very plausible explanation. It certainly rings true to me: in two decades or so of writing to MPs, Evan Harris has been easily the worst correspondent with whom I’ve ever had to deal, and constituents remember this kind of thing.

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  1. “It certainly rings true to me: in two decades or so of writing to MPs, Evan Harris has been easily the worst correspondent with whom I’ve ever had to deal, and constituents remember this kind of thing.”

    Funny that. Because he finds the time (at 1.00am, to be precise) to write to me, telling me that I’ve got my facts wrong on a Next Left comments thread relating to something he said in Parliament, and demanding that I post a correction at my blog immediately.

    “Immediately” being 3 months after the original comment had been left, but clearly when Evan had only just seen it.

    One couldn’t help but think he should have had better things to do. Like, perhaps, reply to his constituents.

    Quote | Posted 7 May, 2010, 5:00 pm

  2. I know one of Dr Harris’ former constituents who said much the same thing about his local visibility – which is why she voted against him yesterday.

    Quote | Posted 7 May, 2010, 5:16 pm

  3. Absolutely. In the 8 years Harris was my MP I wrote to him perhaps half a dozen times, and in all that time I never recevied a reply, or even an acknowledgement of the correspondence. Not once.

    Quote | Posted 8 May, 2010, 6:44 am

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