I am very grateful to South Norfolk Tory Leader John Fuller for e-mailing to set the record straight about their "appeal" for candidates. I am also thankful because he put me onto his excellent blog - click here - which he will be running up to the May elections (and hopefully beyond).
I got the original story for North Norfolk LibDem Councillor Nich Starling, but I shall be careful of what he writes in future ... not very fair, and also not very accurate!
Cllr Fuller writes:
In fact we were doing a residents survey. At the end of the questions there's an option to ask people whether theywould like to help the forthcoming elections... you know, deliver some leaflets, display a poster, do some telling on polling day. We also ask whether people would like to be considered as candidates...there are county elections in 2 years time as well, you know. In fact we have a full slate in Hethersett and have done for several months. So thanks for the LibDems for mis-representing our survey of residents opinion. Conservatives are asking the questions and listening. LibDems just misrepresent for party advantage regardless of the benefitto local residents. As an aside, we actually advertised for candidates in December 2005, 14months ago with follow-up in the EDP and had a great response withseveral respondents now standing in May. That's innovation. That's why South Norfolk needs the Conservatives. Fact to remember: South Norfolk's Council Tax up 258% in 12 years. Eight times inflation. Twice as high as the county council.