The following letter from David Lawrence in Hook, Hampshire, appears in today’s Daily Telegraph and neatly identifies a flaw in current analysis of the recent election results. I wonder how many voters used the election to protest against current planning laws … and how many will do so again in 2015.
The Tories need to address planning as well as immigration and Europe
SIR – Comment on and analysis of the election results has concentrated on immigration and Europe. These are not the only areas where the Conservative Party is failing to listen and act. Overdevelopment and building on greenfield sites are also major issues.
My village like many others is under threat. The three Conservative councillors for my ward stood for re-election. An independent, with no political experience, stood at the last minute on the platform ‘putting our villages first’. He topped the poll with 15% more votes than the next candidate.