Cambridge election campaign a closely fought contest

rupert_read08:16 Thursday 26th March 2015
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

DOTTY MCLEOD: Talking about politics with Paul Rowley there reminds me. I’ve been getting so many leaflets through my door.
CLAIRE GREGORY: Yes. Me too.
DOTTY MCLEOD: So many political leaflets. Where I live, I live in Cambridge, and I think the most prolific party for political leaflets through my letterbox has been the Labour Party.
CLAIRE GREGORY: Oh really? Mine’s been the Conservatives.
DOTTY MCLEOD: Well I think it all depends on who the real race is between …
CLAIRE GREGORY: Yes.
DOTTY MCLEOD: .. wherever you are. And in Cambridge a lot of people predicting that it’s going to be a big battle between the LibDems and the Labour Party. So it would make sense to be seeing a lot of red and a lot of yellow through the letterbox. The Labour Party at one point last week, at least one leaflet a day.
CLAIRE GREGORY: Oh! And did you read their leaflets?
DOTTY MCLEOD: Absolutely not.
CLAIRE GREGORY: (LAUGHS).
DOTTY MCLEOD: Absolutely not. And that makes me sound terrible because I know I ought to read them. But if I want objective information on a party’s campaign, and on a party’s manifesto, I’m not going to read their own leaflet. Do you know what I mean?
CLAIRE GREGORY: Plus you are in the rather lovely position where you’ll probably meet a lot of the candidates in the next few weeks. (LAUGHS)
DOTTY MCLEOD: Quite possible. Yes. We had Rupert Read in the studio this morning. Represents the Green Party. I thought about this the other day. Does the practice of leafletting put the Green Party in quite a difficult position?
CLAIRE GREGORY: Yes. Actually that’s a good point, because presumably they don’t, because obviously leaflets are not great environmentally.
DOTTY MCLEOD: It would harm the environment.
CLAIRE GREGORY: Perhaps they do e-leaflets instead
DOTTY MCLEOD: But it must be detrimental to them. Interesting. Have you been getting loads of stuff through the letterbox? Is it just me? I came back from holiday and it was like getting through a tsunami, trying to get from the door through to the living room. So let me know. Who has been leafletting you the most, and tell me where you live in Cambridgeshire as well, so that we can try and work out what that means.

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