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ELECTION 2024: Conservative chairman visits Watford to shore up support

 Published on: 10th June 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The re-election efforts of Watford’s Conservative Parliamentary candidate Dean Russell were aided this morning (Monday, May 10) by a visit from party chairman Richard Holden.

Meeting with local Tory councillors and campaigners at the Kingswood Café on North Approach, the group canvassed various local businesses and homeowners in Garston and North Watford.

Mr Russell and Mr Holden also spoke to Watford News about the local and national issues they are facing on the campaign trail, with the former facing an uphill battle to get back into office according to recent polls, which currently predict a win for Labour in the constituency.

This is the second time Mr Holden has visited Watford this year, having previously canvassed for Mr Russell in January.

Regarding his return to the town, he said: “This is an important seat. It’s one of those traditional three-way marginals, so it’s absolutely vital we hold it when it comes to the election.”

When asked about the response he’s been getting from residents, Mr Russell said: “They’ve been really positive actually. It’s been such an enthusiastic response on the doorstep and when I’ve been out and about.

“What I’m hearing back is that people know my record here in Watford, and they are keen to see that continue. One of the big topics for them is the local hospital. They know that I fought for it, and they know that’ll continue to fight for it now we’ve got full funding.”

In an interview last week, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Wes Streeting also committed to completing the plans to rebuild Watford General that the Tories instigated.

When asked about the current grim polling for the Conservatives, many of which are showing major losses for the party up and down the country, and how it could affect the Watford constituency, Mr Holden said: “Seats like Watford have always been really marginal, with several others in the local area as well.

“But I think people will be judging individual areas by their experiences with their individual candidates. With Dean, he’s got a brilliant track record that he can run on that is really positive. A national poll is one thing, but I think when it comes to local results, we’ll see huge variations.”

The general election is set to take place on Thursday, July 4.

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