I AM amused by the spinning (Journal, August 1) by the Tory candidate for North Devon who is hyping up his chances for the 2015 general election.
Pity for him the electoral evidence does not support his contention. For example at the recent Devon County Council elections in North Devon the Conservative vote fell by 27.6 per cent compared to the previous election in 2009. Nationally Conservative poll ratings are down by around 20 per cent compared to the support they achieved at the 2010 general election. Does not sound like a platform for success to me.
Readers also need to be careful not to be misled by UKIP spinning either. In the five county council seats UKIP fought in North Devon in 2009 and 2013 the UKIP vote fell this year in four of the seats. In the fifth seat the UKIP vote increased by a "staggering" 27.
Indeed since the local elections this May, UKIP poll ratings have seen large falls and UKIP has lost every seat they tried to defend in local council by elections since May 2.
Meanwhile, the latest forecast by the national electoral calculus organisation for the 2015 general election, as at August 1, shows our popular and hard working MP Nick Harvey well ahead in North Devon.
County councillor for Barnstaple North.