Just received this from a contact, staying at the Premier Inn in Crewe & Nantwich. He had an interesting encounter with Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsy and wanted to share it with a wider audience.
Thought you might like to know of my strange evening last night. I am currently in the Premier Inn hotel in Crewe, sadly missing Mr Dale by about 24 hours having come for the weekend to help the Conservative by-election campaign here.
Last night at about 10pm the was a power surge here which left the hotel without electricity until 5 am this morning. As the hotel room was rendered totally pitch black I decided to make my way to the hotel bar. Now I had previously made friends with one of the girls who works on reception here and she saw me in the restaurant and mentioned to me that they were just about to place a food order with a local pizza\kebab delivery business as one table had ordered food in the restaurant when we lost power. She also mentioned that this table included the daughter of the previous MP. Well, I knew straight away what that ment as I had been out with the Conservatives in Crewe earlier that day campaigning for Edward Timpson and, sure enough, right at the back of the restaurant I was sat in was Tamsin Dunwoody with her 3 children. Apparently they are staying in the Premier Inn hotel too.
Now comes the naughty bit - I like to think of it as a little white lie for the greater good - because when Tamsin came to the bar to check how long her food order would be I took the opportunity of introducing myself – just with one exception – I told her I was a Labour supporter just arrived in Crewe and would be helping her (when quite the opposite is true) the following day (Sunday). Because of my lie Tamsin asked me if I would like to join her and her family on the table and sure enough I did just that.
This was a bit of an opportunity to gently prod her and find out a few things so I did just that, with the following revelations...
Tamsin boasted that on Saturday she had a campaign force of 200 volunteers, and that she had never seen anything like it before. (The Conservative campaign I was involved in earlier that day had 400 helpers).
Related to the above, Tamsin claimed that her campaign was uniting all of Labour and this is why she had so many people come to help her campaign.
Tamsin told me that she had never met Gordon Brown but had had a very long phone conversation with him earlier that day (Saturday) and that apparently Mr Brown liked regular, personal updates via the phone direct from Tamsin.
Tamsin boasted about her family, saying that being an MP was “in her family's blood” and that one day her children (I would guess aged between 7 and 12), who were also sat at the table, would become successful politicians.
When I asked how her campaign was going she said that “It’s going to be very close” and that “it’s a straight Labour/Tory fight”. When I pressed her on if she thought she would win she didn’t answer just repeating,“It’s going to be very close”.
Tamsin said she was “very proud of my campaign" as it was "bringing back proper fighting the Tories". She repeatedly made reference to Edward Timpson’s wealth during our conversation claiming that during his campaign "he was taking his Bentley to Council estates" and "how could he understand what it was like for these people”? Yes, apparently Tamsin really believes this stuff, and it is not just part of her negative campaign.
Tamsin's children also asked “how can a millionaire represent you” and “who would want a millionaire as their representative?” I was unsure if they were just parroting what there mum had said or if they were saying this to be supportive of their mum.
How this woman has the bare faced cheek to slag off Edward Timpson for living a few miles outside the constituency when she is staying in a hotel, God alone knows. It sounds to me like the only way she can get through this campaign is to believe her own propaganda, which she has also indoctrinated into her children, who she also thinks should then inherit the seat from her. If ever the Tories needed any further incentive to campaign hard, all they need to do is read this blogpost.
Last night on the BBC News paper review I criticised the Labour leaflets for bringing political campaigning into disrepute. Even Labour MP Sadiq Khan couldn't bring himself to disagree with me. If Labour win this by election, this kind of campaigning will become the norm, and Labour will roll it out all over the country. They must be stopped from doing so.
UPDATE: This post seems to have caused a bit of a reaction. I did think about whtether to post it or not, but in the end came to the conclusion that it warranted it on the basis that if she really is "proud" of her campaign then it says a lot about her as a person. She and her people have lied and lied and lied about the Tory candidate - even going to far as to calling him a "Con Man" in their latest, desperate leaflet. Her mother would be ashamed of her daughter's campaign and would never have stooped to such a level. So please don't anyone come the high and mighty and slag me off for posting this. If the Labour candidate thinks her tactics are something to be proud of, I think people deserve to know it.