Sherwood: key to election

Government Minister, Michael Fallon, centre, pictured during his visit to the Chad office where he met the Editor Phil Bramley, left, and was accompanied by Sherwood Conservative candidate Mark Spencer. nmac michael fallon as 4
Government Minister, Michael Fallon, centre, pictured during his visit to the Chad office where he met the Editor Phil Bramley, left, and was accompanied by Sherwood Conservative candidate Mark Spencer. nmac michael fallon as 4
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Sherwood is a key seat which could determine the result of the General Election.

That was the message from Conservative Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon who visited the Dispatch offices on Wednesday. He was the latest ‘big gun’ to visit the marginal constituency after David Cameron and Ed Balls pressed the flesh with voters last week.

The controversial minister, who hit the headlines recently for his outspoken personal attack on Labour leader Ed Miliband, was on a whistle-stop tour of the area to lend his backing to Mark Spencer who is hoping to retain Sherwood for the Tories.

Mark Spencer said it was difficult to predict the outcome of the campaign so far. He said : “I think there’s still a lot of floating vote out there - sometimes you get: ‘Oh you’re all a waste of time.’ It’s difficult to be objective but there seems to be a solidification in our direction. People are saying we recognise the economic argument we recognise that if you are going to fund the right things we are going to need a strong economy and we recognise that is what you guys are delivering.

“Whether they are talking about health services education services and things they want to invest in they recognise you can only do that with the economy moving forward and more people in work and more people paying tax to fund those things.”

Michael Fallon said he first met the prospective MP when he was energy minister: “Mark was relentless when I was energy minister he was at me every week about Thoresby colliery,” he said.

“I was the coal minister and he was on my case week in week out.”

He said: “Sherwood is a key seat and could hold the key to the election. If you want to keep the economy going vote Conservative.”

Candidates for the Sherwood constituency: Labour Léonie Mathers; Liberal Democrats Dan Mosley; UKIP Sally Chadd, Green Lydia Davies-Bright; Class War David Perkins.