Oh dear. It looks like Cllr Matthew Ellis's pledge to deck Staffordshire Police out with iPads has gone down like a cup of cold sick in his home town of Lichfield. For those not in the know, the Tories occupy 26 of Lichfield's city council's 28 seats, and is home to the very blond Michael Fabricant MP. The area is as pretty much a Tory heartland as you can get in Staffs. So for the below to yield the following result in a core stronghold is a bit of a blow for the Conservative campaign.
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What would you spend £1.1 million on – Police Officers or iPads ?
Local Staffordshire activists asked the people of Lichfield whether they would like to spend £1.1 million on iPads as Conservative candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has pledged, or on Police Officers as Labour’s Joy Garner would do. 49 out of 50 people voted to spend the money on Police Officers, not iPads.
Commenting on the decisive results of today’s poll, Labour's Joy Garner said,
"Today's result shows just how out of touch Matthew Ellis and the Conservatives are. Spending £1.1 million on iPads is not what the people of Staffordshire want. Like me they believe that we should spend the money on keeping bobbies on the beat.
“IPads are an expensive gimmick that Matthew Ellis's home town have rejected. If you want your hard-earned money spending on Police Officers not iPads vote Labour on November 15th."
Shoppers on Lichfield’s Market Street were polled this morning (30/10/12).
The people of Lichfield were asked to place a ball in one of two boxes. People had the choice of voting to spend £1.1 million on Police Officers, as Labour’s Joy Garner would do or voting to spend £1.1 million on iPads, as Conservative Matthew Ellis has pledged to do.
Matthew Ellis is Staffordshire County Councillor for Lichfield Rural East. This morning’s survey took place in Matthew’s home town.
Many thanks to Joy Garner's press team for that one.
NB The photo above really is from Matthew's website.