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Michael Fabricant urges supporters not to be complacent as he is named as Conservative candidate for the 2017 General Election

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant has urged Conservative supporters in Lichfield and Burntwood not to become complacent ahead of the 2017 General Election.

A meeting of the party’s local association tonight (April 28) saw the area’s current MP reselected as a candidate for the June 8 vote.

Mr Fabricant said he was delighted to be given the chance to represent the party once more.

“It’s wonderful and a great honour to be standing again for the Lichfield and Burntwood constituency,” he said. “It’s a winning love affair.

“I love the Lichfield constituency and I think the feeling is mutual”

Although Mr Fabricant has held the seat in Lichfield since it was formed in its current guise in 1997 and secured a comfortable victory two years ago, he said it was important not to take anything for granted.

“Ignore the polls,” he told members of the local Conservative Association. “The only poll that counts is the one on June 8 – and much can happen in the five weeks between then and now.

“I look forward, if I am re-elected, to continuing to work hard for the people of our part of Staffordshire.”

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6 Comments

  1. The Scribbler

    29th April, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Ah, it must be election time.
    Our MP is addressing local voters directly instead of pandering to the 25,000 followers on Twitter he engages with on a daily basis.
    I’m sure he’s counting down the days until he can get back to being a darling of his social media sycophants and ignore his constituency.

  2. Darryl

    29th April, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Indeed Scribbler, one could be forgiven for thinking he was the MP for Primrose Hill.

  3. Sj

    1st May, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    He’s still kidding himself and us that the combined local authority has nothing to do with the EU so desperate is he to get his friend ond co house owner andy street in to the position of Mayor ,the country is being zoned just under a more palletable name .
    http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/who-does-what/regional-and-local-authorities/index_en.htm

  4. Rob

    5th May, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Don’t know about the combined local authority strategy but looks like he’s been pretty successful in the Metro Mayor effort.

  5. Nick

    6th May, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Of course MF doesn’t want his supporters to be complacent – he handles that particularly well himself.

  6. Adam Elsdon

    6th May, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    So he should Rob, Andy Street the Conservative Mayor, spent £1 million pounds promoting himself before the start of the election campaign and won by just over 4000 votes, to put it into perspective Labour spent an approximate total of £50,000 during the same election.

    Conservatives have bought that seat.

    There are strict rules around election spending, however they don’t meet the modern need, for instance an unscrupulous party can contract a company on social media platforms months before an election and pay them before the election rules kick in, the party only has to prove that it has not spent in the legal period prior to an election, and if that party knows when an election will be called and gives a short lead date, then other parties are fighting from a very limited position.

    It will be interesting to see how much the Conservatives will have spent on the run up to this General Election, they are already in criminal legal trouble for overspending in the 2015 General Election, and they were fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission, which given that they had MP’s winning those seats, is a tiny operating cost compared to £1 million for a Mayor seat.