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Weekends are always the busiest days of campaigning. Not only are there more opportunities to speak to residents, but the numbers of helpers understandably grows.

Campaigns couldn’t operate without volunteers and I am always grateful for people taking time away from their busy schedules to help out and knock doors or deliver leaflets.

Sadly this weekend we weren’t blessed with the good weather of recent days and we experienced 4 seasons in one day- which we should really expect at this time of year in Scotland.

As another song goes- we carried on regardless on Saturday with leafleting in Crieff, door knocking in Alloa and Sauchie - speaking to voters about the issues that concern them in this election campaign including energy bills, overseas aid and benefit sanctions. 

Sunday was a better looking day so the campaign took advantage of the sunny conditions on Sunday to speak voters in Crieff and I was really pleased with the reception our teams got and how valued my office in the town was.

Again key issues raised included the availability of jobs, issues surrounding pension provision, full fiscal autonomy as well as planning decisions affecting the local area. After a good door knocking stint I met up with Crieff resident Craig Finlay about his work as Chair of the community garden project in the town. He and volunteers are doing a fantastic job and it is always rewarding to see people go that extra mile to help and improve their local area.

This is something I have seen on a daily basis during my 10 years as the Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire. Indeed, in Crieff itself there are so many individuals and groups committed to improving the area with the local BID team, the Community Council, CUSP and Crieff Community Trust amongst those who want to see real improvements in the town. The Community Garden project is another example of this determined effort to improve the local environment and each and every volunteer deserves our thanks.

Campaign Diary - Entry 3

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Yesterday was another busy day on the campaign trail, taking in sessions in Sauchie, Comrie and Methven.

The day started in the sunshine in Sauchie, where we were joined by the Sunday Herald for the majority of the door-knocking session. They couldn’t have picked a nicer day for it and my campaign team were struck by how many residents commented on the previous night’s debate. This was followed by a scenic trip to Comrie where I took a brief stop off from canvassing to finish my campaign video. This should be ready soon and I will, of course, share it in a future blog entry. We then finished the day with another productive and positive session in Methven. 

I was just able to get back in time to watch part of the second leaders debate, and what was widely recognised as a very impressive performance from Jim Murphy. Not only was he able to clearly outline Labour’s vision for a fairer Scotland, but he finally got an admission from Nicola Sturgeon that the SNP would vote for the removal of the Barnett formula. This would be disastrous for Scotland, with the Treasury already stating that this policy would cost Scotland £7.6 billion. It is now clear that the only way to save the Barnett formula, and the stability of spending on public services it provides for Scotland, is by voting Labour. 

Campaign Diary - Entry 2

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Gordon Banks for Ochil and South Perthshire

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