Candidate accuses rivals in print row

First published in Local Election News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @davidpaineWN #worcsnews

SOME of the candidates standing for election in Worcester have been accused of double standards by promoting the need to protect local jobs and services but getting some of their leaflets printed not only outside of the city but the county too.

The Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UKIP and BNP have all come under fire from one of the independent candidates standing in the city.

Peter Nielsen, who used Rich Print on Worcester’s Shrub Hill industrial estate to get his 46,200 leaflets printed, said: “The parties have failed at the first hurdle to demonstrate support for local business in a practical way.”

The Pirate Party UK’s Andrew Robinson has used Pace Print and Design in Buckholt Drive, Blackpole, Worcester, for all of his leaflets while independent Andrew Christian-Brookes said he had used Premiere Press at Ryelands business centre, near Droitwich.

Mike Foster, Labour, said he thought about half of his leaflets were printed locally and half were printed centrally in Essex in a bid to keep costs down and gain access to a database that allows him to personally address the correspondence.

“As much as we want to protect local jobs and services we can’t pretend Worcester is isolated from the rest of the UK,” said Mr Foster. “This is not a large sum of cash. We’re talking about a general election campaign where costs have to be under £10,000 and that’s for everything, not just leaflets.”

Jackie Alderson (Liberal Democrat), Louis Stephen (Green Party), and Robin Walker (Conservative) all said it was cheaper to get main election addresses printed centrally in Oldbury, Sussex, and Guildford respectively, but all said they use local printers for local council leaflets.

Ms Alderson said: “It would be great to print them all in Worcester, however, for the purpose of having to keep costs down then the Liberal Democrats go to somebody in Oldbury so it’s still in the West Midlands.”

Mr Stephen said: “We don’t have a lot of money so we have to get them done at a reasonable cost.

“All of our local council leaflets are printed by Rich Print.”

Mr Walker said: “It’s important to support local firms but sometimes when you’re trying to get out vast quantities of information it can become more economical to get it done centrally.”

Jack Bennett, UKIP, said while his party’s national election addresses might have been printed in Cornwall he had personally used a Worcester firm.

“I used Print and Design and got a lot of my stuff from there, all of my leaflets,” he said.

A spokesman for Spencer Kirby, BNP, said all national material is printed in Nuneaton. He also said that “any local material would usually be printed locally” but could not confirm if that was the case in Worcester.

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2:47pm Fri 30 Apr 10

Tulstar says...

Any chance they can get to bad mouth their opponents, these candidates take.
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Election campaigns all have budgets. It makes perfect sense to use whichever option is cheaper, whether that's a print firm in Worcester or one in Outer Mongolia!
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I couldn't care less where the leaflets were printed. In a way, having them printed elsewhere because it's cheaper ultimately means that the parties have wasted less money, as most of their leaflets end up in the bin without being read anyway.
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If the print firms in Worcester aren't competitive enough, that's their problem.
Any chance they can get to bad mouth their opponents, these candidates take. . Election campaigns all have budgets. It makes perfect sense to use whichever option is cheaper, whether that's a print firm in Worcester or one in Outer Mongolia! . I couldn't care less where the leaflets were printed. In a way, having them printed elsewhere because it's cheaper ultimately means that the parties have wasted less money, as most of their leaflets end up in the bin without being read anyway. . If the print firms in Worcester aren't competitive enough, that's their problem. Tulstar
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3:42pm Fri 30 Apr 10

Malvern says...

China would have been cheaper.
China would have been cheaper. Malvern
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3:48pm Fri 30 Apr 10

Malvern says...

If Robin Walker had used a Worcestor printer they might have spelled it correctly.
If Robin Walker had used a Worcestor printer they might have spelled it correctly. Malvern
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4:10pm Fri 30 Apr 10

brooksider says...

Tulstar wrote:
Any chance they can get to bad mouth their opponents, these candidates take. . Election campaigns all have budgets. It makes perfect sense to use whichever option is cheaper, whether that's a print firm in Worcester or one in Outer Mongolia! . I couldn't care less where the leaflets were printed. In a way, having them printed elsewhere because it's cheaper ultimately means that the parties have wasted less money, as most of their leaflets end up in the bin without being read anyway. . If the print firms in Worcester aren't competitive enough, that's their problem.
One local printer I know wasn't asked to quote for ANY political party leaflet print run.
So it is more a case of the major political parties paying lip service to supporting local businesses.
[quote][p][bold]Tulstar[/bold] wrote: Any chance they can get to bad mouth their opponents, these candidates take. . Election campaigns all have budgets. It makes perfect sense to use whichever option is cheaper, whether that's a print firm in Worcester or one in Outer Mongolia! . I couldn't care less where the leaflets were printed. In a way, having them printed elsewhere because it's cheaper ultimately means that the parties have wasted less money, as most of their leaflets end up in the bin without being read anyway. . If the print firms in Worcester aren't competitive enough, that's their problem.[/p][/quote]One local printer I know wasn't asked to quote for ANY political party leaflet print run. So it is more a case of the major political parties paying lip service to supporting local businesses. brooksider
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6:03pm Fri 30 Apr 10

denon says...

The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live.
Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers.

People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury.
The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live. Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers. People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury. denon
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6:03pm Fri 30 Apr 10

denon says...

The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live.
Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers.

People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury.
The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live. Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers. People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury. denon
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6:04pm Fri 30 Apr 10

denon says...

The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live.
Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers.

People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury.
The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live. Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers. People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury. denon
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6:04pm Fri 30 Apr 10

denon says...

The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live.
Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers.

People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury.
The point might be where do the people who work at the printers live. Worcester voters could well work at Droitwich printers. People who work at Worcester printers might live in Tewkesbury. denon
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6:51pm Fri 30 Apr 10

molecat says...

This is an absolute scandal! They'll all be accusing Worcester's printers of being a bunch of bigots next!
This is an absolute scandal! They'll all be accusing Worcester's printers of being a bunch of bigots next! molecat
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1:24pm Sat 1 May 10

Common Sense says...

BIGOT - Brown Is Going On Thursday

CS.
BIGOT - Brown Is Going On Thursday CS. Common Sense
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