The Medway Liberal Democrats are imploding in factional warfare as the party plummets in the national polls. With former candidates attacking colleagues and the standing down of party stalwart Cllr Herbie Crack, it is now also clear from polling that the rock solid base in Gillingham is deserting the party in droves.
The revelations in the press (above) and the doorstep response in Gillingham shows no support for the independents, with many residents accepting that the cuts to EMA and the rise in tuition fees can only be opposed by a united and effective opposition.
Polling suggests that it is a call between the Liberal Democrats, who have still to announce, and the Labour candidates. This would represent a big decline in Liberal Democrat support which is indeed evidenced in all polling.
The accusations above will also do neither the Liberal Democrats or Independents any favours. It may get a quick headline but its impacts are wholly damaging. It was a shockingly poor move.
Some may believe Cllr Stamp will have shown public honesty in revealing the accusations of a former colleague to the press, but is it really a coincidence that these are revealed just before a local election and a full two years after they were 'alleged' to have occurred?
People locally need Councillors who will stand up to the cuts and fight for resource.
Labour will win on its merits and that involves meeting people and listening to them.
Gillingham North needs stronger representation that is not embroiled in this petty factionalism.
Adam Price, Naushabah Khan and Ian Darbyshire are those candidates.