I am going to Guildford today to help Anne Milton, the hard-working local MP who was described as “squeaky-clean” over the expenses row.
Remarkably, the Conservatives held Guildford in the landslide year of 1997, Nick St Aubyn holding off the surging yellow tide by 4,791 votes. Four years later the Liberals made Guildford one of their few successes in that election, taking the seat by 538. In 2005, Anne Milton secured a majoity of 347 votes in recapturing the seat for the Conservatives.
This time around, boundary changes have made the seat even more vulnerable, and if Nick Clegg is to make any inroads into Conservative territory, it will have to happen here. Recent polls suggest that the LibDem poll surge is fading – as I suggested it would on this blog a couple of weeks ago. Clegg’s dangerous policies on defence and immigration have received the kind of exposure which would not have happened but for the debates.
I’m going to do my little bit to help ensure Mr Clegg has a very disappointing evening tomorrow.