I AM a constituent of Colne Valley and a lifelong Labour supporter and I’m writing to make all readers aware of seriously misleading campaigning in my constituency.

I am very concerned by the nature of the literature being sent out by the Liberal candidate, Nicola Turner, which clearly states that Labour cannot win the seat and shows a graph indicating that Labour is in third place behind the Liberals and Conservatives.

Researching for myself, I have found that the Liberal Democrats have been the third party in the area for the last three elections with approximately 10,000 votes fewer than the Conservatives in second.

The information provided by the BBC regarding the new Colne Valley constituency suggests that Labour would still have a ‘notional’ majority.

My concern is that the thought of a Tory Government is so abhorrent (being a headteacher) that I would be prepared to vote tactically to prevent a Tory win.

I can still remember the previous Conservative Government and know first hand how long it has taken the country to recover. The present bunch of Eton educated, multi-millionaire Tories are presenting policies clearly aimed at those earning £150K-plus while allowing the privatisation of schools and hospitals.

My husband is traditionally a Liberal and we have been discussing tactical voting to prevent us becoming a Tory seat. He does, however, keep pointing out the Liberal literature which suggests Labour would be 10,000 votes behind the Liberals.

Either the BBC, the various newspaper sites and the other party (I have even stooped to checking the situation with the Tory website) are all wrong or the Liberal candidate is misleading voters.

I have emailed both the central Labour and Liberal parties to report my concerns. I am now looking into whether this is a breach of electoral guidance in which case I will report the candidate to the Electoral Commission.

I know politicians can be a little economical with the truth but this is going too far.

H Jones

Concerned Colne Valley Resident

It doesn’t add up

AS a member of the Labour Party, I would like to remind voters in the Colne Valley how their Liberal Democrat candidate operates. She is circulating highly misleading figures suggesting that Labour ‘can’t win’ in Colne Valley.

At the last General Election Labour did win in Colne Valley with the Tories just behind and the Lib Dems a distant third. And, in any case, it is clear that the Lib Dem candidate doesn’t believe her own figures.

She is standing for election both as a local councillor and as an MP.

Would she really do that if the was so sure of winning?

Paul Taylor


Local and general

THE Lib Dems in Colne Valley must believe that if they repeat misinformation often enough, people will believe them.

In their literature for the 2010 parliamentary election, they give the local election results from 2008 as if they were the parliamentary election results from 2005.

It is to the credit of local Lib Dem councillors that they have scored successes in Kirklees elections, but that is not a suitable basis for comparison for the 2010 General Election. The actual results in the Colne Valley constituency in 2005 were:-

Labour 35.8%; Tories 32.8%; Lib Dem 24.2%; Others 7.1%

The percentages above speak for themselves. A Labour supporter who is considering changing to the Lib Dems may give the Tories the seat. The Lib Dems would need about 6,000 extra votes to win in the Colne Valley. If only 1,500 Labour voters moved to the Lib Dems, the Tories would win and probably form the next government. If you can face that, OK.

Jeremy Cuss


Catastrophic legacy

INDIA £825m, China £170m – our money to countries who can afford their own peace programmes and £20bn to host the Olympic games. Why, when in this country drugs are denied to sick people as being too expensive?

Gordon Brown and Labour plunged this country deep in debt prior to the US sub prime mortgage and Lehman Bros crash. He sold gold at the bottom of the market and raided pension funds to the tune of £150bn, wasted billions on quangos and failed IT systems, and foisted mass immigration on us while slavishly following every interpretation of the Human Rights Act.

A failed criminal justice system and public debt rising by virtually £500m a day.

This is the catastrophic legacy of 13 years of Labour misrule. A government tired, bereft of energy and new ideas. Not fit for purpose.

Keith oaks


Difficult to believe

WITH the election really underway can we really believe what is now being announced by the political parties?

The mind goes back to all the so-called pledges which we have heard before which were later quietly forgotten about. After much thought I am coming to the conclusion that we should seriously think about coming out of Europe.

We are told that nearly 80% of what we can do or can’t do, are coming from there.

The enormous amount of money we contribute to be there surely could be used for the good of our country if we opted out. Of course, nobody ever announces a pledge which would repeal the Human Rights Act!

I’m sure one pledge which would be welcomed, is that the police should be allowed to do their proper job. Bobbies on the beat. However, we do not want to be fobbed off with the usual platitudes on this very important subject.

It is quite obvious there are many other important issues which need to be addressed. However, if next time round politicians turn out to be the most honest and trustworthy people then the electorate will all become very proud once again of our Great British heritage.

brenda holroyd


Same old story

WE must face TV debates now until election time with Brown, Cameron and Clegg telling us what they would do if they formed the next Government.

Haven’t we heard it all before? Tony Blair in 1997 said virtually the same things. He was going to move Britain forward, secure jobs, get tough on crime and the causes of crime, better education for our children, a streamlined NHS, better public transport system, lower taxes, put more money in our pockets, reward the taxpayers, a fairer Britain!

So what is different from now?

I am undecided as to who to vote for because of the mistrust I have of British politicians. I am told that if I don’t vote I will not have a voice in shaping Britain’s future. Since when has the British electorate ever had a voice in politics?

We are silenced by political correctness, civil liberties and human rights. One can shout and protest till one is blue in the face but the elected Government does exactly what it wants regardless of any public concerns as it is seen to be acting in the best interest and safety of the British people.

We were not allowed a vote on the EU referendum, we have no say on how our taxes are squandered, no say on immigration, no say on how our children are taught in schools, no voice when it comes to crime, law and order and no voice on our nation’s defences.

We suddenly become important to politicians when they are wanting our votes.

Alan Parkinson

Lower Cumberworth

Completing the picture

PAUL Cooney of the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition says he left the Green Party partly because in Kirklees we were ‘forming coalitions with the Conservatives’.

Actually, to complete the picture over the last 10 years we have worked with the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party to put Green Party policies into action such as free insulation for all households.

It would also be a more complete picture if Mr Cooney acknowledged that it was the votes of Green Party councillors that actually ensured the Conservatives lost power in Kirklees when their leader sought to build a new secondary school in his Birstall ward against officer advice and at an additional cost to the Kirklees taxpayers of £10m.

Andrew Cooper

Green Party councillor

It’s just commonsense

BBC Radio 4 tells us a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies have just announced that ‘most people who are likely to vote BNP are of low educational achievement’ In my native tongue, that’s ‘thick’.

So explain this. How do you fit two pints into a one pint bottle, house it, employ it and feed it? This is known in my native tongue as the ‘immigration time bomb’.

Or is it the case that I must attend a university to find the answer? I don’t think so. If the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Radio 4 had half a brain cell between them, they would be more concerned over factors like low voter turnout and a government elected with less than a fifth of the population voting for it.

As we say in the BNP when government-driven slurry appears: “Common sense educated out of them.’’

Robert Walker

Colne Valley BNP candidate