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General Election campaigns get underway


It was not the most auspicious starts to a campaign for the Conservative Party.

But there are still weeks to go before voters head to the polls and the likelihood is that when they do they will have more than the resignation of a minister who they probably haven't heard of on their minds.

Anna Firth and Boris Johnson (20922719)
Anna Firth and Boris Johnson (20922719)

Election campaigns tend to be more a marathon than a sprint, so we shouldn't rush to judgement on the basis of things going wrong rather than right on day one.

Nevertheless, the messy backdrop to the Conservatives launch was not ideal.

However, some of the heat on Boris Johnson was lifted with the surprise news that Tom Watson Labour deputy leader, has decided to quit politics altogether.

It will be interesting to see if election exhaustion sets in among voters who may tire of the political rhetoric coming from all parties and the endless pledges.

Meanwhile in Kent,the spotlight continues to shine on Canterbury where an attritional battle is on the cards in the marginal constituency.

Rosie Duffield. Picture: Parliament TV
Rosie Duffield. Picture: Parliament TV

The talking point continues to be the decision of Liberal Democrats to stand a candidate - triggering fears that will play into the the Conservative hands by splitting the vote.

Party leader Jo Swinson seemed a little uncomfortable when asked about the decision to contest Canterbury,particularly given that the Labour candidate Rosie Duffield is a strong remainer and supporter of a people's vote.

And it looks decidedly odd given the party has announced it will enter into a pact with the Green party and Plaid Cymru in 60 seats where they can enhance their prospects of returning a “remain” supporting MP.

Elsewherethe Conservatives have a tricky issue in Dover where uncertainty surrounds the former MP Charlie Elphicke.

Having had the party whip withdrawn while he faces charges of assault which he denies,he cannot stand as aConservative.

The party will have to come to a decision soon - nominations close next Thursday.

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