Pick­ing up votes in po­lit­i­cal vac­uum

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JEREMY

AS A for­mer Con­ser­va­tive and Har­row coun­cil­lor, hav­ing lis­tened to Boris John­son’s con­fer­ence speech, in which he sug­gested that UKIP sup­port­ers have sex with vac­uum clean­ers, the London mayor and 2015 Tory can­di­date for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip has ef­fec­tively in­sulted and alien­ated a whole swathe of dis­il­lu­sioned Con­ser­va­tive-lean­ing vot­ers.

Taken to­gether with his support for HS2, that will cut a swathe through the lo­cal en­vi­rons – dis­rup­tions last­ing for years, with prop­er­ties blighted along its en­tire route – the re­sult will be a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of votes be­ing hoovered up by UKIP.

Photo by Vladimir Ma­teev

n CLEAR VIEW: A queue starts to build up after the col­li­sion be­tween a U3 bus and small van; (in­set) the driver checks the dam­age to the front of his bus

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