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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Elphicke for Dover

Dover Conservatives have selected Charlie Elphicke as their candidate for the next election. I was surprised that Julie Rook, the popular Deal Councillor didn't get the nomination, but apparently Charlie is pretty local, living in Sandwich. He is an advisor to the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

There must be a good chance that Dover will return to the Conservative fold at the next election, so I hope that they have picked a good candidate. Dover will require a strong campaign. The council has already gone Conservative, and seems to be doing a good job. Paul Watkins, although a good council leader, was not able to win the parliamentary seat in either of the last two elections, with little sign of support switching to him from the unpopular Labour MP. I know a lot of people in Dover who are not keen on Paul Watkins, largely because he supports the privatisation of the Harbour Board. That's not a popular policy locally, so hopefully Charlie Elphicke won't go down the same path!

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