Having decided to visit the by-election battleground of Oldham East and Saddleworth today I was dismayed to wake this morning to the another inch or two of snow here on the edge of the West Pennine Moors. But having resolved to go I cleared the snow off the car donned my hiking boots and set off to find the Conservative campaign Centre in Oldham.
Despite one wrong turning and finishing up in a Tesco car park I eventually found my way there ( relatively easy to find in the end!).
I helped with stuffing some envelopes with letters and leaflets for a while and then went out with a couple of others into the snow covered streets of Greenfield to deliver more literature to the expectant voters. Most of the voters I spoke to seemed fairly indifferent to the by-election. To be honest I have often found this reaction when helping at by-elections. Voters are deluged with material from (usually) a higher than average number of candidates and in this case with all three major parties in with a chance of winning election fatigue can soon set in with voters who get fed up of returning home from work only to find their letterboxes crammed full with another days leaflets.