Michael Crick has compared the Labour ‘battlebus’ effort in 2015 (such as it was) with the highly-organised Conservative campaign and has reached a few conclusions.
For the broad strokes, read the following – then visit the original article on the Channel 4 News website for the full details.
I hope that settles the matter to your satisfaction.
When it came to the Tories campaigning for local candidates we have uncovered strong evidence. We have obtained emails about what the activists would do, and even the scripts they would use on the doorstep.
We have the documents produced by the Party’s research department briefing activists on the local issues. We can track the same individuals in the buses, in the hotels and on the ground locally campaigning.
With Labour Express that evidence is more thin on the ground.
There is not one continuous group of people.
Many more of those involved are local volunteers.
Apart from some photographs showing campaigners holding signs for individual candidates and the odd leaflet, there’s much less evidence of local campaigning for particular candidates.
Remember, its not a crime to campaign for a national party, or for a candidate.
The law simply says that any costs involved in promoting an individual candidate must be declared on their spending return.
It’s the scale and level of central organisation of the Conservative effort that makes their case different.
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