The election campaign in Windsor took a turn in Labour's favour at the hustings on Wednesday at All Saints church in Dedworth. The hustings were robust and Dr. Amanjit Jhund did an absolutely sterling job of laying out Labour's case for the next government addressing the future jobs fund, deficit reduction and Labour's continued support for education, the NHS and public services. He highlighted that the local Conservative-run council are cutting budgets already, recently laying off 60 staff. Amanjit also challenged the Tories' inheritance tax cut for the country's richest 3000 estates. He highlighted the fact that the Lib Dems in Windsor were like Tory 'light', seemingly not wanting to question the Conservatives. He backed this up with the example of the recent BBC Berkshire radio debate where Julian Tisi would not get off the fence on whether or not his party supported the 4% cut in council tax by the Conservatives which is leading to service cuts in Windsor.
As reported in the Windsor & Eton Express, there was a spat between the Conservative candidate Adam Afriyie and local independent candidate Peter Hooper with Adam Afriyie appearing to threaten legal action over certain comments. The Liberal Democrats failed to apologise for their 'error' in their leaflets claiming that they were showing the most recent election results (apart from the fact that it was for the wrong type of election). The Greens refused to turn up as the BNP were also at the hustings. Their candidate Peter Phillips made comments about disagreeing with civil partnerships and 'gay babies', going on to say 'I'm saying that as a gay man'. This paradox was noted immediately by the audience and panel. The UKIP candidate also attended the hustings.
So, to tonight! We expect a big audience will be at Windsor Boys' School and our candidate Amanjit Jhund is ready and prepared for a great debate, with only six days to go until the General Election. Come along and hear what he has to say!