Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Welsh Tories Field 41% More Candidates

I never tire of bigging up the performance of the Welsh Conservatives, as they are doing a fantastic job of reviving the party's fortunes in the Principality. Further proof comes in the number of candidates they are fielding at the local elections on May 1st.

While all the other parties are fielding fewer candidates than they did in the equivalent elections in 2004, the Tories have nominated 515, which is 41% more than the 347 they fielded four years ago. I hope when I go and speak at a dinner iN Cardiff later in the year I can congratulate many of the 515 in person!

16 comments:

Rush-is-Right said...

Completely off topic except insofar as there is a Welsh connection....

After Cardiff City's semi-final win, whom do the BBC wheel out on Radio Five the morning after? Neil ***ing Kinnock, that's who. Quite disgusting.

Anonymous said...

They have even got 3 candidates in Neath Port Talbot. I think this is the first time they have contested the authority since its creation.

The irony was always that NPT had no Conservatives, but does have 3 SDP councillors!

Benny Austwick said...

When are you in Cardiff Iain? I plan to be one of the 515 but not for a couple of years yet.

Anonymous said...

This fantastic result is due almost entirely to the efforts of Matthew Lane, Welsh Conservatives tireless Director. Well done Matty!

Glyn Davies said...

Keep an eye on Powys Iain. We've had no Conservative councillors in the past - but I hope that is about to change significantly.

Anonymous said...

This fantastic result is due almost entirely to the efforts of Matthew Lane, Welsh Conservatives tireless Director. Well done Matty!

Tim Hedges said...

I make that 48%.
41% more than 347 is 489

Left Luggage said...

To find 515 Welsh Tories is in itself an achievement!

Anonymous said...

Are they all Common Purpose graduates?

Anonymous said...

Matt Lane isnt the only one, associations, PPCs, AMs and of course our North Wales ACD have played a huge role.

Rene Kinzett has done a fantastic job to field more in Swansea than any other party!

Anonymous said...

Matt Lane, Director of the Welsh Conservatives, is himself part of the effort to spread the reach of the Welsh Tories right across Wales by standing in the Gabalfa ward of Cardiff.

This is not natural Tory territory - all 7 of the Gabalfa Primary attendees in my secondary school class are now parents at the age of 17/18 - in the crucial marginal (and in 2007 Assembly election strongly Conservative) Cardiff North seat. We have fielded candidates for all of Cardiff's 75 seats and hope to reach out of Cardiff North and capture seats in C.West and C.South.

I would like to make my predictions for the local elections in Wales.

Cardiff - (currently 10/75) Con Gain 16 - 26/75 - second largest party after LD

Bridgend - gain 4 to 12/53

Monmouthshire - solidify control - gain 5 to 29/43

Swansea - gain 4 (incl. party chairman Lyndon Jones in Gowerton) - 8/62

Vale of Glamorgan - gain 5, take overall control - 25/47

Anonymous said...

"This is not natural Tory territory - all 7 of the Gabalfa Primary attendees in my secondary school class are now parents at the age of 17/18"

Not bigoted in the least bit.

Anonymous said...

Alas the group leader in Cardiff told the local paper he couldn't win control.. oh dear

Anonymous said...

For comparison does any one know haw many Labour, Lib Dem and PC candidates are standing in Wales, or for that matter what are the totals across the UK I can remember a last year a Tory press release summarising the situation but this year it only seams to be bits and bobs?

dirty european socialist said...

The tories in England hate the Welsh and the Scots. Only their current leader is protecting against a total hatred of celtic people sweeping the tories tio tbe the NAZIS of Englsand with xceltic people as ther jews of NAZI England.
We all know what English tories think of the celtic people you do nothing but insult us.

asquith said...

Dirty European Socialist, the Tories aren't Celtophobic as such, they just want to get rid of some poor, working-class areas which vote against them in the hope of entrenching their own rule in England. About as cynical and underhand as you'd expect, especially coming from a party which used to talk about patriotism and the union when they thought they could use it as a stick to beat the other parties.

Nothing ever changes at the Daily Hell-reading "heart" of this party.