Labour chooses its general election candidate for New Forest East seat

Daily Echo: Cllr Andrew Pope. Cllr Andrew Pope.

LABOUR has selected the party’s candidate to become MP for New Forest East.

Southampton city councillor Andrew Pope will battle incumbent Conservative MP Julian Lewis at the 2015 general election.

Cllr Pope, who represents Southampton’s Redbridge ward, was selected at a meeting of the New Forest East Labour Party on Tuesday.

He is the chairman of the Hampshire Co-Operative Party and leads Labour councillors on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Elected as a city councillor in May 2011, he campaigned against the “blacklisting” of workers from public contracts and for the introduction of the Living Wage.

He said: “I’m delighted and honoured to have been selected by our members. I am confident we can continue to build a winning team that can increase Labour representation in the area.”

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12:55pm Thu 19 Dec 13

speedicut says...

No. Chance.
No. Chance. speedicut

5:45pm Thu 19 Dec 13

cantthinkofone says...

speedicut wrote:
No. Chance.
Well no. I don't think Labour stand much of a chance in *any* constituency where "a pony" is considered a reasonable thing for a little girl to put in her letter to Father Christmas....
[quote][p][bold]speedicut[/bold] wrote: No. Chance.[/p][/quote]Well no. I don't think Labour stand much of a chance in *any* constituency where "a pony" is considered a reasonable thing for a little girl to put in her letter to Father Christmas.... cantthinkofone

6:58pm Thu 19 Dec 13

downfader says...

He's a genuine and likable bloke with a real love of Southampton and the Forest. He's a good Councillor too (and they can be hard to come by). I wish him luck!
He's a genuine and likable bloke with a real love of Southampton and the Forest. He's a good Councillor too (and they can be hard to come by). I wish him luck! downfader

10:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

geoff51 says...

Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.
Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust. geoff51

10:50am Fri 20 Dec 13

speedicut says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
speedicut wrote: No. Chance.
Well no. I don't think Labour stand much of a chance in *any* constituency where "a pony" is considered a reasonable thing for a little girl to put in her letter to Father Christmas....
Yes, that was my point ;)

I'd echo geoff51 in that Julian Lewis is a fairly good MP and as far as you can judge these things, seems to be a genuine individual. I'd happily vote for him if he was independent, but unfortunately, he is conservative, so I won't.

This is all by the by, as you could bet your house that he will hold onto this seat.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedicut[/bold] wrote: No. Chance.[/p][/quote]Well no. I don't think Labour stand much of a chance in *any* constituency where "a pony" is considered a reasonable thing for a little girl to put in her letter to Father Christmas....[/p][/quote]Yes, that was my point ;) I'd echo geoff51 in that Julian Lewis is a fairly good MP and as far as you can judge these things, seems to be a genuine individual. I'd happily vote for him if he was independent, but unfortunately, he is conservative, so I won't. This is all by the by, as you could bet your house that he will hold onto this seat. speedicut

4:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

FoysCornerBoy says...

geoff51 wrote:
Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.
Unless of course UKIP decide to spoil the party. I would have thought that former Lib Dem voters in the New Forest will feel disillusioned with their party's behaviour in the coalition and - if he plays his cards right - Andrew Pope may well pick up on these votes. I think this will be a far closer call than many conservatives have bargained for.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.[/p][/quote]Unless of course UKIP decide to spoil the party. I would have thought that former Lib Dem voters in the New Forest will feel disillusioned with their party's behaviour in the coalition and - if he plays his cards right - Andrew Pope may well pick up on these votes. I think this will be a far closer call than many conservatives have bargained for. FoysCornerBoy

6:26pm Fri 20 Dec 13

downfader says...

geoff51 wrote:
Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.
Given that many in his own party dont trust Lewis due to his siding with UKIP on an EU referendum there is still a good chance for Labour. If you look at the data on who got how many votes:

http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/shared/election2
010/results/constitu
ency/d01.stm

..then there is scope for constituents to get behind someone else who can bring change. Past allegences are not enough to guarantee a landslide victory... for example look at Denham's slip in the last election:

http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/shared/election2
010/results/constitu
ency/e30.stm

..this was supposed to be a safe seat, Royston nearly got in and there was only 300 votes to split the two.

There is always the chance with the right candidate, and Pope is a great candidate.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.[/p][/quote]Given that many in his own party dont trust Lewis due to his siding with UKIP on an EU referendum there is still a good chance for Labour. If you look at the data on who got how many votes: http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/shared/election2 010/results/constitu ency/d01.stm ..then there is scope for constituents to get behind someone else who can bring change. Past allegences are not enough to guarantee a landslide victory... for example look at Denham's slip in the last election: http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/shared/election2 010/results/constitu ency/e30.stm ..this was supposed to be a safe seat, Royston nearly got in and there was only 300 votes to split the two. There is always the chance with the right candidate, and Pope is a great candidate. downfader

8:08pm Fri 20 Dec 13

geoff51 says...

downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.
Given that many in his own party dont trust Lewis due to his siding with UKIP on an EU referendum there is still a good chance for Labour. If you look at the data on who got how many votes:

http://news.bbc.co.u

k/1/shared/election2

010/results/constitu

ency/d01.stm

..then there is scope for constituents to get behind someone else who can bring change. Past allegences are not enough to guarantee a landslide victory... for example look at Denham's slip in the last election:

http://news.bbc.co.u

k/1/shared/election2

010/results/constitu

ency/e30.stm

..this was supposed to be a safe seat, Royston nearly got in and there was only 300 votes to split the two.

There is always the chance with the right candidate, and Pope is a great candidate.
Stick to boring everyone about your cycling as your politics are even more dubious.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Labour have as much chance of winning this seat as Southys TUSC have of winning a seat in Southampton. We the voters of new forest east actually have a very good Conservative MP that we trust.[/p][/quote]Given that many in his own party dont trust Lewis due to his siding with UKIP on an EU referendum there is still a good chance for Labour. If you look at the data on who got how many votes: http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/shared/election2 010/results/constitu ency/d01.stm ..then there is scope for constituents to get behind someone else who can bring change. Past allegences are not enough to guarantee a landslide victory... for example look at Denham's slip in the last election: http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/shared/election2 010/results/constitu ency/e30.stm ..this was supposed to be a safe seat, Royston nearly got in and there was only 300 votes to split the two. There is always the chance with the right candidate, and Pope is a great candidate.[/p][/quote]Stick to boring everyone about your cycling as your politics are even more dubious. geoff51

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